Sin Fang Shares His Top Music Picks

In 2011 Sin Fang released his first album, Summer Echoes, under his current name. Before this more direct moniker the artist born as Sindri Már Sigfússon had worked under project names Seabear and Sin Fang Bous. Since that release Sin Fang as developed his signature sound of sweet melodies and sometimes esoteric lyrics into a unique brand of Icelandic avante-pop that stands alone, outside easy genre. Returning with Spaceland his first album since 2013’s Flowers Sin Fang has opened up his sound further, into a kind of retro-futuristic R&B, and he’s invited friends, Jónsi, Sóley, Pascal Pinon’s Jófríður Ákadóttir and Farao.

ARTISTdirect thought it appropriate timing to ask Sindri about his musical memories, and to take a glimpse through the sounds and shapes that influenced his taste on music and his approach to craft.

First single I bought:

The first album I bought with my own money was “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” by Public Enemy.

First live show I attended:

My first memory is the Sugarcubes in a park in Reykjavík.

First song I learned to play:

I think it was “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young on the guitar.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice:

I started pretty late to learn an instrument. I think I was 19 and i was into a lot of guitar bands. I started off playing simple songs like some Neil Young and The White Stripes. I was never really good at learning other peoples songs though. I have enough trouble learning my own.

The song that reminds me of home:

Smog – “Teenage Spaceship”

The song I wish I wrote:

“Under Pressure” by Queen and Bowie.

The finest song from my all time hero:

“Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós. I could’ve licensed it so many times.

The song that should be played at my funeral:

Seinfeld “Theme Song”

My favorite track from my most recent project:

“Candyland” from Spaceland. 

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