f m belfast How to Make Friends (CD, £12.95)
FM Belfast's sound can be described as a joyful electronic dance music interlaced with fun and good fortune. Inability to stand or sit still accompanies them wherever they go. The band started out as a duo at Christmas 2005 when Arni R Hlodversson and Loa H Hjalmtysdottir made a song as a present for their friends. What was initially thought of as a studio concept became a live band in the summer of 2006 when Arni and Loa performed at an art exhibition opening in a cave in the Faroe Islands. Later that year Arni Vilhjalmsson and Orvar Th. Smarason joined the band. In October 2006 they played their first full concert at the Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik. The band released this debut album in Iceland and have sold 5000 albums locally. "FM Belfast herald the kind of sing-along euphoria and stage invasion MGMT would be proud of. All in all, an end of night moment that will take a long time to be beaten" - Clashmusic's Brian Murnin after aldrei fór ég suður 2009. "Band of the weekend" - nme.com's Emily Mackay about FM Belfast.
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