NE196: Throws Make Us a Mix of (Mostly) Icelandic Music


Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (or “Maggi,” as he is known) is the BEST drummer in Iceland, possibly the world…. in our opinion! Throws were lucky to have him play on our album, which was recorded in Reykjavik, where I was living. Maggi has played on hundreds of records in and out of Iceland, and is performing almost every night in one band or another. He’s not only a great drummer, but also a character like no other. (He’s on the left, in a photograph with me outside the studio.)

Here are a collection of songs by different Icelandic artists (except Farao, who is Norwegian), featuring the one and only Magnús Trygvason Eliassen…

Farao – Bodies
Tilbury – Northern Comfort
Kippi Kaninus – Schpick
Ólöf Arnalds – Half Steady
ADHD – Merkilegt
Moses Hightower – Háa C
Amiina – Over and Again
Borko – Born To Be Free
Teitur Magnússon – Allt Lif

Throws’ self-titled debut—featuring Lindsay and his old Tuung mate Sam Genders—is available now through Thrill Jockey. Stream it in full alongside a few official videos below.