Monday, 25 March 2013

Retro Stefson - Retro Stefson

Retro Stefson's self-titled debut album hit the stands in the UK on March 25th, and it's well worth a listen, if only so you can name an Icelandic music act besides Bjork.

It's pretty funky stuff, probably best suited to have on in the background at your trendy cocktail party or, if you're cool, at your house party.

There's a decent chance of hearing it on a dancefloor too, although again it's more of a city centre sound than a cheesy suburban late-bar.

Decide for yourself with a preview of Glow below, which gives a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the album as a whole.

Retro Stefson are making a name for themselves as a pretty remarkable live act - Unnsteinn and Logi Stefansson, the brothers who front the group, started making music when they were 16, and two previous locally released LPs have performed well in Iceland already.

Now, with a seven-piece line-up, Retro Stefson make for an eye-catching stage act, as audiences throughout Europe have been finding out.

New live appearances are scheduled all the time, so your best bet is to follow @retrostefson on Twitter for new live dates, concert news and gig pictures/videos.

We're loving this upbeat and summery selection of Icelandic sounds - it has all the hallmarks of dance music, but plenty of its own personality to offer too.

It makes a refreshing change to hear something truly original, and makes me wonder what's going on behind the scenes of the Icelandic music scene; it might be worth exploring in greater detail, I suspect.

Final Score: 86%

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