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There’s actually an umlaut over the o in Gjoll, but I’m working on the fly here and can’t reproduce it quickly on this keyboard. So, Gjoll. MySpace page. New doom ambience from Reykjavik. Longtime readers know I have a fondness for Icelandic music. Thanks to Bob Cluness for tipping me to them. You can find their work on eMusic and iTunes. Listen to this wintry ritual music:

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  1. Ooh, I like that a lot, thank you. *heads off to emusic*
    Oh, do you know the Aural Apocalypse podcast? Lots of music like this as well as some industrial/noise, neo-/apocalyptic folk and similar.

  2. Warren Ellis Warren Ellis

    I was listening to the new Aural Apocalypse just four hours ago…!

  3. WOW.
    That was quite an experience.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Strange_Bundle Strange_Bundle

    I’m sorta glad to know there are sub-genres of ambient music. People just put it to the side like it’s some weird mutant baby. Good to know.

  5. Excellent! :D

  6. Stephen Stephen

    For your future reference: if there’s an umlaut and you can’t write it properly for whatever reason, it is fully acceptable (in german, and I would imagine it applies to icelandic as well) to place an e after the letter instead: Gjoell is the same thing as Gjöll.

  7. Ricardo Ricardo

    Brian Frost is another great artist from Iceland…

  8. Ester Anna Ester Anna

    I´m Icelandic and I am a fan of yours Mr. Ellis !

  9. Raggi Raggi

    Correction. It’s “Ben Frost” and his latest album is a fucking masterpiece.

  10. Hold Alt + 0246:


    Alt + 0214:


    Unless you’re one of those Mac people… kind of like cat people but without pissing in a box. You cultural institution, you.

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