Útidúr — Icelandic Band that is not Sigur Rós

Don’t get me wrong I love Sigur Rós, actu­ally I love them so much that I was first in the queue to hear their new exclus­ive broad­cast of ‘val­tari’ recently. But I have just spent most amaz­ing week in Reykjavík and while explor­ing every inch of it my playl­ist was full of well known Icelandic bands includ­ing múm, gus gus, fm bel­fast, and of course björk. While spin­ning those tracks again and again on my player I wondered is there more? I knew there is so I asked the mighty inter­net and was not very sur­prised to find web­site called www​.iceland​icband​sthatar​enot​sig​ur​ros​.com. I must say It is very edu­ca­tional and witty and Icelandic. Nonetheless I strongly recom­mend to fol­low this odd char­ac­ter if you have any spapre time.

But back to the ini­tial topic and those guys in the pic­ture above. I found them by acci­dent, one of those “can’t trace back” acci­dents. Still it was a good surf. So they are called Útidúr (pro­nounced: ooh! — detour) and they are great. They use unique quirky voice ton­al­ity, unex­pec­ted for Iceland but pleas­ant “balkan” after­taste, awe­some instru­mental accom­pani­ment. Sometimes it feels like Beirut and Tiber Timbre mashed together with some Japanese romance song. Ok no more talk­ing, just listen and make your own mind. Yes. That is it.


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Aleksandr Pasevin is Art Pit’s strategist and designer, responsible for organization’s creative solutions. Aleksandr is also actively interested in new technologies, their connection with creativity and usage in cultural organizations. Aleksandr dislikes long discussions and considerations, and he mostly expresses his opinion quickly about whet... Read further >
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