The Icelandic record labels Brak and Skakkapopp released two new albums this week with Prins Póló and Létt á bárunni. The latter is a duet by the couple Svavar Pétur and Berglind Häsler from Skakkamanage and Prins Póló is Svavar Pétur’s solo act.
Both albums were created in a basement in Seydisfjördur, east Iceland, and a Kimi Records/Brak press release describes them as “countryside production.”
Prins Póló’s album, Einn heima (“Home Alone”) is an EP containing four love songs, which, as the titles indicates, were written and recorded while the musician was home alone.
Létt á bárunni first raised attention before Christmas with its coverage of beloved Icelandic fisherman’s hit “Stolt siglir fleyid mitt” by Gylfi Aegisson, which Morgunbladid described as an “abuse” of the song.
The band’s album is called Sexí and contains eight rock songs with a “rough beat and dirty guitar riffs.” The lyrics are all in Icelandic and cover, “Icelandic reality in a realistic way.” The album is somewhat of an ode to the Icelandic community, which “we both love and hate.”
Last week Brak also released a collection of songs by dj. flugvél og geimskip, which is the artist name of Steinunn Hardardóttir, who studies visual art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, called Rokk og róleg lög.
The albums are available in the Smekkleysa record store, the Mál og menning book store and the last two are also available online.