Outside The Ring is the fifth solo album by Friðrik Ómar, but the first one originally written by himself. Young at age he started to write music, but in his home country Iceland he is more known for his great vocal ability and his nice voice which has ranked him as the one the best singers in Iceland. On his new album you find very nicely arranged melodies which Friðrik Ómar sings seamlessly. The songs are 10 in total. Friðrik Ómar co-writes three with Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson and Karl O. Olgeirsson. The lyrics are made by Friðrik Ómar, Peter Fenner, Alma Goodman and Steinn Steinarr, the beloved icelandic poet. The theme song of the album is ”Outside the ring”, a poet by Steinn Steinarr, translated by Jón Óttar Ragnarsson but written by Friðrik Ómar. Great album that has got well deserved attention.
New sounds coming from the lovely country that is Iceland. We were on a trip there and picked up a disc by the new artist just by looking at the cover artwork. This is the debut album by Sóley Stefánsdóttir, a 23 year old girl from Reykjavik, student of composition and a member of the Icelandic indie-collective Seabear – it’s the debut of a singer and a dreamer. Her sound recounts a great yet tumultuous marriage between the sombriety of Agnes Obel and the hard-hitting melodies of Lykke Li.
Just when you thought no one can be quirkier than Bjork in Iceland, Hafdis Huld shows up. This little iceberg-folkie is loopy as hell, yet very talented and has a beautiful distinct voice. This is the first single (or buzz track) from her yet-untitled third album. Click below for the link! If anyone can get the song in mp3 format please tell us!