We are very proud to announce a free music showcase at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on February 24. Featuring three of the brightest new talents in the Icelandic music scene, the showcase will include delicate electronic songstress Soley, Afropop/indie septet Retro Stefson and electro-pop unit FM Belfast.
The showcase will be part of the month-long Nordic Cool program at the Kennedy Center, highlighting the diverse cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Before embarking on a solo career, Soley already toured the world as part of respected Icelandic bands Seabear and Sin Fang. The bespectacled multi-instrumentalist’s latest solo work, 2011’s full-length We Sink, made tastemaker outlet My Old Kentucky Blog say “Soley’s lyrics are spoke-sung with such moist sweetness; butter should just nestle into the corners” while the lyrics themselves are “marked by the shadowy drama of an Ingmar Bergman epic.”
Armed with superior pop hooks and Afro-beat elements, Retro Stefson’s self-titled 2012 album yielded two #1 singles in Iceland last year. The group’s seven-person line-up includes dual key/synth players as well as percussion and drums, turning their live shows into relentless dance parties.
FM Belfast is not just a band; it is a community. Making melodic and beat-centric electro-pop, the group’s live shows include multiple percussionists, a synth arsenal and multiple vocalist bliss. It’s no wonder they have captivated audiences worldwide.
We hope you can make it out! It will be FUN!