Icelandic musician Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson has been releasing music under the moniker of Júníus Meyvant for few years. In 2016 he released he debut full-length, Floating Harmonies, and this Friday, November 9 he’ll follow it up with Across the Borders. Our Song of the Day is early single “High Alert,” a soulful track that feels more American that Icelandic. Across the Borders was self-produced by Júníus Meyvant and engineered and mixed by Guðmundur Kristinn Jónsson (Ásgeir, Erlend Oye, Hjálmar) at the renowned Hljóðriti Studio on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
"The theme of the album lies in the title," explains Meyvant. "Always being on the move, seeking a better life, and not being afraid of everyday tasks. It is a mixture of self-awareness, self-pity, and self-control. Trying to be a better person minute by minute. Trying to bury this ego we've all got and to also understand why we have an ego and big dreams."
Meyvant will play this year’s Iceland Airwaves, including an exclusive KEXP session on Thursday, November 8th from 06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST. (More info here.) In the meantime, watch his 2016 performance from KEXP’s stage at Kex Hostel.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Dose Your Dreams" by Fucked Up, from the 2018 album Dose Your Dreams on Merge Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Yellow Bike" by Pedro The Lion, from the 2019 album Phoenix on Polyvinyl Record Co.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole and chosen in honor of Iceland Airwaves 2018 is "Autopilot" by Vök, a 2018 single on Nettwerk.