Sounds Like: Disclosure attending Bela Lugosi's funeral, Joy Division's secret jam band phase, a glacier on fire
For Fans of: Jesus and Mary Chain, A Place to Bury Strangers, Interpol
Why You Should Pay Attention: After gaining notoriety twiddling knobs behind Macbooks in DJ booths in their home country of Iceland, Captain Fufanu dropped the "Captain" and strapped on guitars. The youthful duo of Hrafnkell Flóki Kaktus Einarsson and Guðlaugur Halldór Einarsson — a.k.a., Kaktus and Gulli, and no relation — added drummer Frosti Gnarr about a year ago, and accidentally fell headlong into a psychedelic bummer-rock aesthetic. The new sound configuration made for an awkward first gig — most people thought they were going to a rave — but they won over that crowd, and subsequent festival audiences at Roskilde and ATP Iceland. Fufanu's as yet untitled debut album — filled with Kaktus's somber meditations, Gulli's shards of processed guitar, and a mix of Gnarr's drums and electronics keeping time — could see early 2015 release via London's One Little Indian (Björk, Ásgeir, etc.). Kaktus's old family friend Damon Albarn (yes, that Damon Albarn) liked what he's heard enough to invite them to open for him at Royal Albert Hall in November.
They Say: "It is an entirely new band, even though it feels the same," says Kaktus. "There was no certain moment when we realized that this was our sound. I think we just liked what we were doing and kept experimenting. From [last year's Roskilde Festival] onward, the idea of a new sound for us was born — although leaving techno was not the outcome we imagined. We started to write new music with Frosti as part of the band, but still using all of our synths and drum machines. It all happened really naturally."
Hear for Yourself: The hypnotic, snowshoegaze meditation on touring, "Circus Life." By Reed Fischer