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Icelandic band Agent Fresco have unveiled their new single “Dark Water”

Agent Fresco - Dark Water

For a country with a population roughly the same size as Coventry, Iceland has an astonishingly good music scene. This, presumably, is what comes of effectively LIVING on a volcano in the middle of the ocean.

Quality Icelandic bands can be found right across the musical spectrum, too – be it the blissed out tones of Sigur Rós, the post-metalisms of We Made God or the positively filthy riffing of Minus, just to namecheck the first three bands that pop into my head. It is not for nothing that All Tomorrow’s Parties are holding one of their quintessentially eclectic festivals there.

Agent Fresco also hail from Reykjavik, and their intelligent and emotional progressive rock has turned their 2010 album A Long Time Listening into something of a cult classic.

To mark their recent signing of a worldwide deal with Long Branch Records, the band have released their first new music since the album, in the form of “Dark Water“. Check it out:

Good stuff. Europe’s answer to Fair To Midland, maybe? Say the band:

“We humbly thank you all for your patience and attention, what a feeling to finally release this song! We hope that you’ll enjoy this small taste of our second album and are thrilled to announce that there will be aDark Water music video premiere next week on Thursday! Stay tuned!”

Despite no firm details yet, its probably reasonable to assume that this new album will be along in the not too distant future. With any luck, it will appear with enough time for us to properly digest it before they take to the stage at Euroblast in October. Either way, I will definitely be checking them out that weekend.

See you there, maybe?