Iceland’s best-kept indie-rock secret Ourlives will be releasing a new record, Den of Lions, on October 14th via Spartan Records. In anticipation, the band has premiered a new track called “Blissful Ignorance” today with InterviewMagazine.com.
Den of Lions is available now for pre-order at iTunes and on limited edition vinyl LP from Spartan Records athttp://spr.tn/denoflions. All pre-orders will 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 soundscapes, 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. Our label, Spartan Records, could not be more passionate about our band and they have been amazing to us. We have complete trust in them.”
“Discovering Ourlives on a trip to Iceland in 2010 and now being able to call them my great friends is proof of how small music can make the world,” says Spartan Records owner/operator John Frazier. “We are honored to release the band’s debut US full-length and can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with them just as much as we have.”
Den of Lions Track List:
1. Blissful Ignorance
2. Out of Place
3. Blurry Eyes
5. Anything Can Happen Now
6. A Sight To See
7. Seven Ways
8. Loose Lips
9. We Lost The Race
10. Too Much
12. Where Is The Way?