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Music from
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Imaginary Sounds Mix 9: Music from the Republic of Iceland

Finally! This mix has been plagued with bad luck and time restraints it seems. It's the lengthiest I've done, and it's taken the longest to complete as a result. I've re uploaded 4 times today because of problems with files--but enough whining! It's here. Enjoy!

(download disk 1) [106MB] and (download disk 2) [129MB]

Most people don't really think about Iceland. It's tucked away neatly to the north of everything most people consider important, and is relatively quiet in world politics. Until the recent collapse of their government under the stress of the world economic crisis, a peep was rarely heard out of the 40,000 square mile island country. It's a shame though really, because Iceland is beautiful in more ways than one. Being isolated from the rest of Europe has lent it's culture to their own delightful eccentricities; evident in it's language, cuisine, art, and especially music. The music scene there has it's own feel and atmosphere to the point of being almost instantly recognizable, and is regarded in the musical world as some of the most original stuff out there.

I've been into the music coming off the shores of Reykjavík (Iceland's capital, and largest city) since high school, when I first heard Björk and Sigur Rós; arguably the country's most popular musical exports. I dove deeper into the huge music scene there over time and this double mix includes most of the artists I found there. Some of these are not entirely obscure, and some are. This doesn't represent the full musical spectrum in Iceland and of course, there are many artists that I left out that some might instantly realize (the Sugercubes). There are always time restraints, and I'm always looking for the right feel for an entire mix. I can guarantee though, that there will be more Icelandic music mixes in the future.

Anyways, enough talk, here's the tracklisting:

[Disk 1]

1. Sin Fang Bous - Advent in Ives Garden
from the album Clangour

2. Lay Low - By and By
from the album Farewell Good Night's Sleep

3. Benni Hemm Hemm - Snjórljóssniór
from the album Kajak

4. Ampop - Ordinary World
from the album My Delusions

5. Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Rocket Builder (Io Pan!)
from the album Forlandia

6. Leaves - Shakma (Drunken Starlit Sky)
from the album The Angela Test

7. Parachutes - Your Stories
from the album Tour EP

8. Múm - They Made Frogs Smoke 'Til They Explode
from the album Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy

9. Mugison - Murr Murr
from the album Mugimama Is This Monkey Music?

10. Apparat Organ Quartet - Romantika
from the album Apparat Organ Quartet

11. Bang Gang - Black Parade
from the album Ghosts from the Past

12. Frakkur - Mmm, His Hair Smells So Human
from the album Songs for the Little Boy

13. Kjartan Sveinsson - Síðasti Bærinn
from the album Síðasti Bærinn

14. Björk - Where is the Line
from the album Medúlla

[Disk 2]

1. Borko - Continental Love
from the album Celebrating Life

2. Pornopop - Yfirtonar
from the album And the Slow Songs About the Dead Calm in Your Arms

3. Kira Kira - Melur Sjarmur
from the album Our Map to the Monster Olympics

4. Hjaltalín - Traffic Music
from the album Sleepdrunk Sessions

5. Emilíana Torrini - Serenade
from the album Fisherman's Wife

6. Ólafur Arnalds - 0040
from the album Eulogy for Evolution

7. Sigur Rós - Svefn-g-Englar
from the album Ágætis Byrjun

8. Plat - Astand (Dualism)
from the album Compulsion

9. Stafrænn Hákon - Rjupa
from the album Gummi

10. Seabear - Arms
from the album The Ghost that Carried Us Away

11. Amiina - Hemipode
from the album AnimaminA

12. Daníel Ágúst - The Moss
from the album Swallowed a Star

13. Worm is Green - Automagic
from the album Automagic

14. Riceboy Sleeps - Daniell in the Sea
from the album Riceboy Sleeps

As usual, these mixes are for promotional purposes only. For the artists. If you like their music, and you feel it's worth your money in these less than prosperous economic times; buy their music. Please delete the files from your computer after 24 hours. You can't delete from a burned cd though, can you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

checking this out, looks promising


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