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By Hugh McClure | Dec 15, 2012 | Total plays: 20,109

Last year's FBi Northern Lights Competition was a huge success. Won by Oliver Tank and Rainbow Chan, the finals also included Indie Shuffle favorites Flume, Tim Fitz and Caitlin Park. This year's event was run a few months back, and one of the winners (along with Moon Holiday) was Sydney producer Lanterns (Ross James).

The two artists visited Iceland to play showcases in Reykjavik (home to Bjork and Sigur Ros), work with local musicians at the renowned Greenhouse Studios, and attend the iconic Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. You can view some of their Scandinavian tour diaries here.

One of the tracks that helped him was "Gluestick," a delicate electronic-folk song dreamed up in James' bedroom. Layered vocals mixed with intricate synth, sampling and guitar effects all play a part in creating Lanterns' stunning sound.

To coincide with the single's release, an equally incredible video clip (about a psychedelic robot love story) was created by local animator Hannah Doherty. Beauty all round.

Hugh McClure
Author: Hugh McClure
Hugh is based in Sydney, Australia, and lives in a world where music helps him function. Hugh's passion is sharing Australian music with the rest of t ... learn more →