· By John Frazier
Ourlives' Debut US Full-Length Coming October 14th
Iceland’s best kept indie-rock secret Ourlives will be releasing a new record Den of Lions on October 14th. In anticipation of the release, we're premiering a new song from the album called "Blissful Ignorance" with Interview Magazine. Stream the song here. The album is available for pre-order now at iTunes and on limited edition vinyl at the Spartan store. All pre-orders receive an instant download of "Blissful Ignorance."
Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, musical prowess and pedigree innately runs through Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson’s veins. Together they are Ourlives, and over the last nine years they have been meticulously assembling the lush and layered musical narrative Den of Lions. Contributing to the post-Britpop tradition of bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, and Travis, Ourlives fuses together delicate textures with driving guitars and drum work, and seamlessly transition between spare and intimate ballads and soaring, declarative anthems.
"We’ve been in love with big sounding songs for as long as I can remember," says Árnason. "With Den of Lions we tried to approach each song as honestly as possible. Each one had its own path, and we were not afraid to let it go where it naturally wanted to go."
Nearly a decade in the making, Den of Lions emerges as a heartbreakingly gorgeous examination of love and darkness, intimacy and isolation, and paranoia and clarity. The record features 12 tracks overflowing with lush soundscpaes, many of which have already been featured in a number of U.S. television shows on MTV, ABC and NBC networks.
By all accounts, Ourlives has received a warm and enthusiastic American reception. "Good music always finds a way to rise to the top, although sometimes it takes a little luck along the way," says Árnason, "Icelandic artists have a good track record of getting heard outside of Iceland, and we are very proud and excited to continue that trend."