Iceland. I cannot even express is words the wonders of the incredibly rich music scene that has come out of Iceland. Years ago I stumbled upon a documentary that I had been meaning to get forever, and I finally have: Screaming Masterpiece. If you enjoy anything from Iceland this DVD is a must-have. It was produced in 2005 and directed and written by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon. It attempts to explain why Iceland has such an incredible diversity and vast output in the music world. A lot of the DVD is bits of performances from many bands, including several of my favourite Icelandic groups (which are sure to be posted soon!). Icelandic music is really at the forefront I feel of electronic-rock and -pop music. Minimalism thrives (as the documentary comments because of their surrounding landscapes). Icelandic groups also are not afraid of non-traditional and experimental instrumentation which often creates sounds that are distinctly unique. If you begin to explore the music of this country you will undoubtedly find a plethora of talent that will blow your mind. It is a source of true inspiration and insight.
December 19, 2010