Listen to a bewitching playlist of music by Icelandic women

Published March 8, 2018

SCREENSHOT FROM THE VIDEO TO “WHITE SUN” BY JFDR.

Iceland punches above its weight when it comes entrancing soundscapes created by artists with unpronounceable names. Yet, other than Björk Guðmundsdóttir, few of the country’s talents are known beyond its shores. Electronic production maestro Ben Frost, who was born in Australia and moved to Reykjavík more than a decade ago, wants to change that. Frost—who composed the score to the 2017 Netflix thriller Dark—has shared with us an exclusive playlist titled “dóttir,” a patronymic added to the last names of women in Icelandic that means “daughter,” similar to how “-son” is used in English names.

“This is a selection of music made and/or performed by Icelandic women, many of whom are my friends and neighbours,” Frost explained over email, “some of whom I have had the privilege to collaborate with over the past 15 years, and they are all fucking brilliant.”

The playlist offers shimmering strings and piercing vocal tones across a range of modern classical and indie-pop songs. It includes music by Icelandic artists like Bára Gísladóttir, a composer and double bassist, and Hildur Guðnadóttir, a cellist who’s performed with industrial legends Throbbing Gristle. One of the most beautiful songs is “White Sun,” by JFDR, aka Jófríður Ákadóttir; just vocal melodies and synth tones, it’s as cold and clear as the sun rising over Faxa Bay. Stream the playlist below.

BEN FROST WILL PERFORM AT SONAR REYKJAVIK NEXT WEEKEND—FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION HERE.