Do yourself a favor and start buying records you know nothing about. You don’t have to do it all the time, but make it a habit every now and then as you’re flipping through the bins at your local record store to pick up and buy an album you don’t know. You might find a gem. You might find a dud. You might find your new favorite band.
I had the wonderful pleasure of spending some time in Iceland in October. That entire island is magical. The people are friendly, the food is amazing, and the landscape is awe-inspiring. I walked on a lava field, saw the northern lights over a glacier, and ate a lot of world-famous Icelandic hot dogs.
And I went to the record store. I absolutely was not going to miss the opportunity to peruse through an Icelandic vinyl shop.
Icelandic Hip Hop? Yes, please. I looked specifically for a newer release that was intriguing and I landed on Eternal.
I didn’t do any Googling, I didn’t pull it up on Spotify, and I didn’t ask the store owner anything about it. I bought this record simply because it is a 2021 release that was in the Icelandic Hip Hop section and I liked the look of the cover art.
I have to admit, I was hoping for some kind of intense Icelandic flow. That is not what I got. This record is full of chill lo-fi instrumental beats.
Eternal is very low-key. It is beautifully simplistic chill beats that are unintrusive and relaxing. On occasion there are vocals, but they are blended into the beat masterfully and do not detract your mind at all.
This record is a pleasant surprise. It is not at all what I was expecting and I am perfectly ok with that.
This will become a go-to for easing into a Sunday morning or needing to relax after a long day. It is the perfect soundtrack to just sit and be at peace and let my mind wander back to that magical island as I imagine myself floating in the geothermal pools or standing in awe of the size and power of nature or eating one of those damn delicious hot dogs.
My favorite track: Yume