Iceland’s best-known musician dropped a new LP this year, and it’s quite a journey, clocking in at over 71 minutes.

After an effervescent, dizzily romantic opening, the middle section retreads the territory mapped out on the gruelling “Vulnicura,” before a forward-thinking finale that examines selfhood and progress.

This tangled narrative exists in a lush sonic world of flutes, beats and birdsong; those willing to invest the time will find ‘Utopia’ an interesting island to explore.

Stream “Utopia” on Spotify.


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