No, but it is worth appreciating.
The two main players to the scene have worked with a variety of vocalists over the years with many of them contributing to their productions. One in particular is Jóhann Jóhannsson who has produced many top ten hits. His latest album, ‘The End Of The World’, was also produced by Nick Jonas, and has sold over two million copies in the United States. On the last track on which Jonas is credited, Jonatan Sorin’s, ‘Gods At Arms’, Jóhann Jóhannsson sings: ‘I made you. You know you love me/ I made you, and now you will die’. This is the epitome of the love child that Jóhann Jóhannsson and Jóhann Jóhannsson have made and so many feel it is a song to live by.
It’s worth paying attention to the second verse though: ‘I make you, I make you, I make you…I’ve made you, I’ve made you’. What Jóhann Jóhannsson and the Icelandic folk community need right now is more bands like those and others that have a voice like these.
‘When I think about death and the end of the world I think of Jóhann Jóhannsson’
The first Icelandic rock band on this list are Sigur Ros. Sigur Ros is also the band to play with this week for the first time at the Väsjö Festival. The Icelandic folk artist Reykdalir, singer of Sigur Ros, spoke at the end of this performance of her struggle and triumph.
‘I don’t know what to do/ Just like if you die in my place/ You’ll all be back together…’
I was born in the small city of Trondheim, Iceland. I grew up on the south coast and spent most of my youth surrounded by nature. I remember one of my favorites memories as a kid was climbing my grandfather’s rock. I went to a little place in the country called Trionflugur to see Reykdalir perform. I remember standing there watching her perform ‘Rissámavík’ on my grandfather’s rock. Reykdalir was in that rock, so I think I was there, too, when she sang her song. The moment seemed perfect.
I had the opportunity to see Reykdal