The Garden Past the Monsters

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

Rain and birdsong, friends’ voices chatting and laughing, woodwinds, breathy strings, muted piano, the strumming of an acoustic guitar. That’s the gentle and dreamy world that greets the listener on the opening of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir’s first solo album How to Start a Garden. Over this inviting soundscape, her voice enters: Signing off and I can […]

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Icelandic Music Awards: 2020 Nominees Announced

Hatari at Iceland Airwaves 2019

“The 2019 music year will long be remembered for many reasons. The creativity and daring of Icelandic musicians did not escape anyone’s notice, neither here at home nor abroad,” a press release from the Icelandic Music Awards states. The press release highlighted Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Oscar-winning music for the film Joker as well as her score for the TV series Chernobyl, adding that there were also many fresh faces and exciting new developments on the scene.

Rock band Vök received the most nominations this year, with eight in total for their album In the Dark. The bands Hatari, Sykur, and Grísalappalísa have each received five nominations.

Within classical and contemporary music, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra boasts five nominations this year, and the Icelandic Opera three. Pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason’s album Tenging received the most nominations (five) within the jazz category.

Hildur Guðnadóttir, unsurprisingly, has three nominations in the category of music in film and theatre. Of Monsters and Men has been nominated for Album of the Year, Rock Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.

A full list of the nominees is available in Icelandic on the Icelandic Music Awards website.

Of Monsters and Men Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Of Monsters and Men


Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week on US TV network ABC. The performance was days after the release of their newest album Fever Dream, which has been widely well received. RÚV reported first.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the band performed music from Fever Dream as well as older material. In the coming months, they will be touring the United States with the music from their new album, returning to Iceland for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in November.

“I think we’ve never gotten to follow up on an album so well and spend so much time with an album,” said bandmember Ragnar Þórhallsson when asked about Fever Dream. The album was recorded at the band’s Iceland studio, and produced by the band itself alongside Rich Costey, known for his work with Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie, and Muse.