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.icelandicbandsthatarenotsigurros.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.