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Icelandic Language Music Roundup

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While focusing heavily on learning Icelandic, I dug deeply looking for Icelandic-language music. There are surprisingly high amounts of Icelandic bands that sing exclusively in English. Here are my favourite songs with Icelandic lyrics:

Mammút - They play energetic rock music, bordering on post-punk sometimes. The first Icelandic language band I liked, and my favourite still. Here’s Svefnsýkt: Bónus: Rauðilækur

Q4U - Postpunk from the 80s, mostly in Icelandic. They’re still around. Here’s Sigurinn: Bónus: Snjóhvít

Samaris - Atmospheric minimal electro/triphop with clarinet. Very haunting. Here’s Góða Tungl: Bónus: Stofnar Falla

Nóra: Indie rock, ranging from upbeat and energetic to atmospheric and introspective. The more I listen, the more I like it. They sing entirely in Icelandic. Here’s Himinbrim: Bónus: Sjónskekkja

Lockerbie - Post-rock, but with a bit more pop/rock than usually characterised by Icelandic post-rock. Here’s Snjóljón:

Úlfur Úlfur - Hiphop with awesome backing percussion. They sing entirely in Icelandic. Here’s Út: Bónus: Ég er farinn

Pascal Pinon - D.I.Y., lo-fi, indie pop electronic. Many songs in Icelandic. Here’s Ekki Vanmeta: Bónus: Sandur

Sólstafir - Post-black metal, with elements of country and rock. They are amazing live. Their album Svartir Sandar is entirely in Icelandic and highly recommended. Here’s Fjara: Bónus: Svartir Sandar

There’s lots of music that I’ve discovered that I didn’t cover here, but I only wanted to showcase the music I liked the most. Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments.

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