Laufey, Bríet and a Eurovision ding-dong

Three stories from the Grapevine Towers music news desk…

Laufey

Jazz prodigy Laufey Lin – who has built an enviable international profile on social media by posting videos of performances from home during lockdown – performed on US TV show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ last month.

The appearance was a big step into the US market for the Icelandic singer-songwriter, who released his debut album, ‘Typical of Me’, last year. And kudos to Mr. Kimmel, who pronounced Laufey’s name perfectly.

Laufey also performed for the Grapevine at the Live From Reykjavík festival last November, the video of which you can see above. TB


Briet

Without a doubt, Bríet is the hardest working singer in Icelandic show biz. She burst onto the music scene like a wrecking ball about two years ago, claiming the throne of pop and becoming the 2021 Grapevine Artist of the Year.

Now Bríet has released a new song, “Cold Feet”. It’s actually a three-year-old composition and, as she told Icelandic music site, Albumm.is, she had planned to release it sooner but it was too much related to her broken heart.

But the song is only half of it. The video received a lot of attention in the Icelandic media, as it features Bríet in a glass box in the middle of the Icelandic wilderness that is slowly filling with water. It’s a way to deal with a broken heart, I guess. TB


Nei Nei – There will be no Ding Dong

Trolls – the sad ones who lurk behind computer screens, not the cunning cannibals of Icelandic tradition – have sorely raised the hopes of Eurovision-loving Icelanders of late. It seemed the one and only Will Ferrell took to Twitter if he could compete for Iceland at Eurovision in 2022, a competition that Icelanders unabashedly take seriously.

Some Icelandic media fell for it, reporting the trolling tweet as if it had a basis in reality. There were red faces all around when it was pointed out that it was the work of a somewhat infamous troll.

Well, let’s give them some slack. Mr. Ferrell’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Saga of Fire’ is a cult film here, and those unfortunate reporters were probably too busy singing ‘Jaja Ding Dong’ to check the facts.

But if the offer had been real, Will Ferrel would have been to Iceland what Canadian superstar Celine Dion was to Switzerland when she won Eurovision for them in 1988. We know nothing about Eurovision . TB

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