This week our Music Editor Luna Cohen-Solal travels to Reykjavik to find out what’s cool and fresh (literally!) at Iceland Airwaves. Here are her tips for the most exciting acts on the line-up, both official and off schedule.
Dream Wife are a brilliant band from Iceland and England and they happen to be the loveliest people too, so of course they deserve a place on this list. Anyone going to Airwaves should absolutely catch one of their shows – if the Halloween party they threw at Moth Club on Monday is anything to go by, it will be pure fire.
Formed of Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders of Tunng fame, Throws have penned some of the most beautiful melodies I have heard in years. Their self-titled album, released a few months ago, is a gem, rich in intertwined harmonies and spacey electronica. Their lyrics are worth a close listen too, as the band go from bizarre humour to straight up poetry that will make you want to grin and weep at the same time.
This artist brings us to the other end of the genre spectrum. GKR is a 22 year old rapper from Reykjavik who raps about his feelings and wears lipgloss. He is genuine, awkward and talented and that makes him a must see.
Mx World is the new project from Poppy Tibbetts, who previously sang with former Polyester stars Boy With Wings. The music she makes under the moniker Mx World brings together her magical, classically-trained voice and her talent for electronic soundscapes and beats, and her songs manage to be both experimental and catchy. She is playing a total of FOUR shows over the week on the off-venue programme so that leaves no excuse to not catch her live.
Words by Luna Cohen-Solal, cover image taken from Polyester zine issue three by Joanna Kiely.