Thursday, 14 October 2010
Griff says; Útidúr - where the Sad Panda meets the Bad Panda!
You may remember that back in May (see here) I blogged about a 12 piece /indie/folk/pop band from Iceland called Útidúr (pronounced: ooh! – detour). At that time the band had posted three extremely promising demo songs on to bandcamp and were in the process of recording their first album. The album entitled 'This Mess We've Made' is now finished and will be out this week via Gogoyoko and bandcamp. The band have just released a couple of the songs on Youtube allowing us a sneak preview and I think you'll like what you hear (below). The Útidúr studio sound is now richer and more fully orchestral with the arrangements displaying a definite flavour of the film scores of 'Streetlamp' hero Ennio Morricone about them.
On top of that, the band have also released a free digital single via the nice people at Bad Panda Records (BadPanda051 Fisherman’s Friend / Grasping for Thoughts). I've wanted to mention Bad Panda for a while as they are a free-download netlabel releasing Creative Commons licensed songs (one free song every Monday), which is, as you should know by now, a concept dear to the Streetlamp's heart. Also, they have a rather fine roster of artists many of whom will appeal to those of you who enjoy these 'Griff says' recommendations. And, of course, I also wanted to introduce their intrepid, gun-toting Panda icon to our own rather more introverted little fellow.
Oh, dear! I do hope that they play nice.
The Bad Panda release is also available for preview and download at the Free Music Archive (songs below).