Postcard From Iceland :: The Final Chapter

October 18th 2011

Our trip of a lifetime is coming to a close and on our final day I find myself reflecting on the things that made it so great and the impact it's had on me and our Northern Lights competition winners, Oliver Tank and Rainbow Chan.

Of course, there's the music. Some fantastic international favourites including SBTRKT (in Sydney October 22 for the FBi Presents MUSICA Event), Tune-Yards (in Sydney early 2012 for a show presented by FBi), Owen Pallet, Active Child, Consortium Musicium (the improvisational jam band featuring Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier from Deerhoof) and many, many more. But the highlight has been the quality and diversity of Iceland's own music scene. Check out the videos and audio links below for FBi's picks from the local 'Airwaves Class of 2011'.

Kippi Kaninus

Olof Arnalds

Of Monsters and Men

Cheek Mountain Thief

Lay Low

Olafur Arnalds



Want more music? You're an FBi listener, of course you do! Here are two free download compilations for you. The first is a sampler of artists on Kimi Records, a truly remarkable independent Icelandic label. Get it here. The second is a zip file of 38(!) tracks featuring 100% Icelandic artists, compiled by the local english street press Grapevine.

Here's the tracklisting too:

1. Dikta – 'Goodbye'
2. Æla – 'Hent'essu í mig'
3. Stafrænn Hákon – 'Val Kilmer'
4. Saytan – 'Cub'
5. My Summer as a Salvation Soldier – 'How Are You'
6. Moses Hightower – 'Vandratað'
7. Benni Hemm Hemm – 'FF ekki CC'
8. Nóra – 'Skóflaðu mér' (Radio Edit)
9. Markús & The Diversion Sessions – 'Now I Know'
10. FM Belfast – 'President'
11. Reykjavik! – 'Cats'
12. Hjaltalín – 'Suitcase Man' (Gísli Galdur Remix)
13. Quadruplos – 'Mandaranda'
14. Ólafur Arnalds – 'Hægt, kemur ljósið'
15. Momentum – 'As The Skies Break'
16. Klink – 'Death By Auto'
17. Feldberg – 'In Your Arms'
18. Biggibix – 'Run Away'
19. Endless Dark – 'Cold Hard December'
20. For A Minor Reflection – 'Flóð'
21. Zach And Foes – 'Back To Egypt'
22. Kimono – 'Kente'
23. Miri – 'Ég á heima á Íslandi'
24. SH Draumur – 'Glæpur gegn ríkinu'
25. Morðingjarnir – 'Flóttinn mikli'
26. Sudden Weather Change – 'The Whaler'
27. Útidúr – 'Killer On The Run'
28. Swords Of Chaos – 'Ill Gotten Gain


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