I heard a song around lunchtime yesterday. It was performed live at Harpa a few days ago by the classic Icelandic band Nýdönsk, it was their song Flugvélar. I was vaguely familiar with the song, it was on an album I had from I guess about 10 or 12 years ago. I hadn't heard it for a long time.
But there's something else too. For this performance it was sung by musical genius and the basically Icelandic John Grant. It is outrageously beautiful.
I love John's voice, I love his passion for Iceland, I love that he cares enough to spend the time translating the lyrics, rehearsing it and giving this incredible performance with a band that, let's face it, he probably didn't grow up listening to.
I've heard this version 10 times in the last 30 hours, and it's time to do it again.