FM Belfast - RELP037 - Vinyl Artwork - Halli
  1. Brighter Days
  2. Everything
  3. Ears
  4. DeLorean
  5. Holiday
  6. Non Believer
  7. We Are Faster Than You
  8. Gold
  9. Ariel
  10. The End

What’s the frequency, Marty?

Iceland’s number 1 party crew FM Belfast is releasing their third album “Brighter Days” on the icy Record Records label, as well as on their own World Champion Records label for the international market, on 22nd April 2014. The previous LPs saw the light of day in 2008 (How to make friends) and in 2011 (Don’t want to sleep either). FM Belfast’s founding members Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir and musical mastermind Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson (Árni +1) have certainly made a lot of friends on and off stage over the years. Árni Vilhjálmsson (Árni Vil) and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason (of múm fame) as well as Miri Drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson became part of the indie-electro pop gang of 24 hour party people.

“Brighter Days” brings 10 synth-soaked songs with female vs. male vocal harmonies, just like before, but more mature lyrics and a new wave touch. This 3rd Record of theirs is one with uplifting tunes about family, friends, and frequencies, but with space for downtempo, even philosophical themes. The title track “Brighter Days” has a blue Belgian friend a.k.a. a smurf doing some of the backing vocals. Song 2 features the Fatboy Slim anthem Right now, right here, or leave “Everything” at the door. Track III “Ears”, Track VI “Non Believer” and track VIII “Gold” are slower and more personal songs. On the forth track Marty McFly jumps in his “DeLorean” DMC-12 car, to go on a “Holiday” with a raw new wave farewell kick off.  “We Are Faster Than You” sounds like a soap-box race among youngsters. My favourite songs are “Everything”, “Holiday” and “Ariel”.

FM Belfast on stage is perpetuum mobile, a full extra-ultra power battery with Árni + 1 as positive pole. Hard to catch the vibe on VHS or vinyl. “Brighter Days” is in the line of the second record, the surprise of the first record has worn off by now. If “How to make friends” was FM Belfast’s happy slapping playschool time, “Don’t want to sleep either” is the band’s turbulent puberty, so right now, right here, the group has reached its adulthood with a Baccalaureus Scientiae. So it is time to go for a fresh MSc or PhD degree in pumping, party music, supported by friends and family.

– Wim Van Hooste