A Collection of Icelandic Album Reviews by Wim Van Hooste

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reykjavik! "Locust Sounds"

Six piece rock band Reykjavík!—don’t forget the exclamation mark to avoid confusion with Iceland’s capital city—bring us what is without any doubt this year’s best album artwork.
And that’s not all! Finally, Reykjavík! made their grown-up, mature record—although their two previous ones, ‘Glacial Landscapes, Religion, Oppression & Alcohol’ (2006) and ‘THE BLOOD’ (2008), were not ugly at all.
But let’s call this the rise of Reykjavík! v2.0. Or Oxford’s Ride having a cosy, but loud, barbecue with their Icelandic friends  Gavin Portland and I Adapt—the boys hang in the backyard, while some family and friends (Mugison to name just one) provide extra meat and beer.
Great vocals, noisy guitars, banging drums: this is ‘Rokk í Reykjavík—The Revenge’. This is certainly one of the best records made in Iceland this year. Need I say more? Yes, I love the track titles: ‘INTERNET,’ ‘Hellbound Heart,’ and ‘Knifestorm.’ However, as an MD, my favourite track is certainly ‘Nurse, Please’.
The Reykjavík! cocktail this winter is a mixed mélange of soft and sweet alcohol, with a heavy crème fraiche topping. Not healthy, but delicious.

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