Bjork. Sigur Rós. Of Monsters and Men. These and various other Icelandic acts have had chart-topping success worldwide from a country of only 300,000. And they’ve done so while totally standing out stylistically from the typical bands and musicians most people in the Americas and the rest of Europe are used to hearing.
What’s the secret?
In the latest Matador Original — Gather — filmmaker Kelly Noecker traveled across Iceland to find out what makes Iceland so artistically fertile. From the Sónar festival in Reykjavik to tiny gatherings in caves, he spent time with some of Iceland’s most creative electronic musicians, producers, and artists.