Bongo à Gogo
”Ívar bongó” was the first release by Risaeðlan on the famous Smekkleysa label (1989). Reptile became the name of the band later on, when the band toured with The Sugarcubes around the globe at the end of the 80s.
- Ívar bongó
- Stríðið er byrjað og búið
I don’t even know how to describe Reptile to you. They don’t seem to a have “a sound” per se, instead bouncing around from indie to alt-swing to punk to Japanese pop. Fame and Fossils (1990) is sort of disjointed, almost like every song is done in a different style. It’s a bizarre listening experience – not bad, just sort of hard to pin down. It doesn’t neatly fit into a category, which I suppose is good in a way, but that also makes it challenging – maybe too challenging for a work night, like I might need an extra cocktail or two to really get into it.
Now the four-song EP Ívar Bongó (1990)… that I got into right away. The songs felt a bit more connected, though realistically they weren’t – they just might have been a stronger group of material, and therefore were just better top to bottom. “Ó” sounds like it would fit in perfectly on the soundtrack to your Halloween party, and every track was a winner.