Compilation CDs give you an eclectic assortment of music. This is ideal, because as they say, variety is the spice of life. "Made in Iceland VII" gives you a sampling of all of the music being made in an entire country. The Iceland Music Export is the one-stop place to listen to all the songs from "Made in Iceland VII" as well as the previous ones. Can you imagine if we tried to compile everything from the music scene in the USA? We could narrow it down by genre or locale, but it would be excruciating to define our entire nation by a dozen or so songs. Somehow Iceland is able to pull it together every year for the past seven years. There's 18 tracks here. You should get a little culture and give it a listen. Each track is another reason to purchase this album. We've made our own list with information below.
'Losers Can Win'
You can view the music video for "Losers Can Win" by Starwalker by going to Youtube or the band's website. The fashion shown emulates a mix of retro glam rock and used fun "Instagram" like filters for effect. You can purchase their EP on iTunes. Plus, who doesn't love ping pong balls, glitter and confetti?
And for something completely different, there's Berndsen's "Planet Earth." This electronic music sounds straight out of the '80s, for better or worse. We couldn't stop picturing robots and lasers while listening to this. Here's the link to the song.
"Frozen Thoughts" is described by Bistro Boy as originally being a "house track" here. What's funny is that it reminds me of Massive Attack's "Tear Drop" which is the theme song for "House M.D."
Lay Low's "Our Conversations" is a bluesy folk song about relationships. The music video is available on Youtube. It shows a couple in a boxing ring, which is a metaphor for arguments. "Vocally LAY LOW combines a rich chocolate sound with a sweet cinnamon rasp and a sip of whisky to take the edge off." This is a quote from her bio on her website.
According to Iceland Music Export, "Lockerbie is known for big, melodic and epic songs with interesting, poetic, and yet comfortable lyrics in icelandic that matches perfectly with the beautiful melodic piano sound that the band is also known for." You can listen to "Heim" here or check out an interview with the band with this link.
'Macgyver Og Eg'
Sveinn Guðmundsson sings in Icelandic, so if you are strictly English-speaking, you can't really tell what he's saying. However, Iceland Music Export says that "Sveinn sings about clocks, nephews, stomachaches, vulcans, cats, shadows, scars and himself among other things." You can listen to "Macgyver Og Eg" on SoundCloud.
"Wouldn't You Like to Know?"
'In My Early Years'
Hymnalaya has an excellent song called "In My Early Years." You can view the original music video on the site for Iceland Music Export where they describe the band as follows: "The sound of Hymnalaya is rooted in old Hymns which we have combined with indie, ethnic and ambient textures." A live recorded version of the song is available on Youtube and you can even check the lyrics on the band's official website.
'Gold Crowned Eagle'
Kajak has a successful song called "Gold Crowned Eagle." It is available with a music video on Youtube and even MTV has featured them here. The duo are cousins who like to sing about nature and use tribal practices, such as face painting in their performances.You can also get more information about their story from the Kajak website.
Listen to sound effect of the waves crashing as the Icelandic band Leaves plays "Ocean." Their music is available on their website with links to their social media.
'No Need to Hesitate'
The hit single song off of Johann Kristinsson's album "Headphones" is "No Need to Hesitate." You can listen to the song while you read the lyrics here. You won't be disappointed.