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The best kept secret in music


“Splendid album, full of excellent songs. The raw recordings, where different instruments have been mixed together in an experimental way, gives the album an unexpected and yet fresh quality. A pure treasure.”
4,5 (of 5)
- Bladid Newspaper / Höskuldur

“… all of my highlights this year came from Icelandic bands of friends and neighbors … A few examples: Skakkamanage, originally a naïve-pop trio, now a bigger band with a better grip ...”
- Rolling Stone Magazine / David Frickle

“Lab of Love is simply an excellent album which the band can be very proud of.”
- Morgunbladid Newspaper / Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen

“Probably one of the most interesting Icelandic albums this year.
- Grapevine Magazine / P.H.

“Skakkamanage are much more than meets the eye ... Great melodies and clever lyrics. Some of their songs are among the best popsongs that have been heard on an Icelandic album for a long time.” - Morgunbladid Newspaper / Arni Matthiasson

“Brilliant indie-pop which is at the same time careless, beautiful and sometimes very rock and roll.”
- Frettabladid Newspaper / Steinthór Arnsteinsson

“A truly laid-back and entertaining album which warmes both heart and ears, This album is for everyone.” - Ras 2, National Radio / Andrea Jonsdottir

“Great cheerful pop tunes among more melancholic melodies makes one fun album. Bravo!" - Reykjavík Magazine / Agust Bogason

“Probably the best Icelandic cute-rock that has been released. No artificiality - just genuine, good stuff. Check out Lab of Love.” - X-Fm977 / Mani


Lab Of Love, LP 2006
Hold Your Heart, EP 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


One of the best kept secrets in the Icelandic music scene is without a doubt a band called Skakkamanage. The band was formed in the year 2003, by newlyweds Svavar and Berglind and their friend Thormodur, and has aroused ever increasing curiousity due to splendid reviews for their debut album, Lab of Love. It began as a bedroom project of the married couple but soon transformed into a mad cirkus which has taken all the main music venues in Iceland by storm.

Skakkamanage manage in their own sincere way to bridge the gap between melancholy and boundless joy and critics have compared them to bands such as Belle and Sebastian, Arcade Fire, Talking Heads and everything else. First and foremost Skakkamanage possess an unheard sound which listeners are very grateful to hear.

The first LP of Skakkamanage, Lab of Love, is published by Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records) in Iceland and will later this year be released by Afterhours in Japan. Skakkamanage is currently living in Barcelona where they are working on a new album.