He has the beard of a freedom fighter and the battlefield is our hearts. Even since long before his debut album Celebrating Life was released in 2008, Borko has been one of the most influential stalwarts in Reykjavík’s boiling music scene. He has been a key member of many Icelandic bands (Rúnk, FM Belfast, Skakkamanage, to name a few) but it is in his own music that he really emerges from the undercurrent with his distinctively personal brand of expressive pop music. The nature of this particular beast lies in Borko’s keen sense of melodic sensibility, but what set’s it apart from the pack is the infectious charm, which is something anyone who has ever seen him play live can attest to. Borko has toured the world with both múm and Seabear and is known for his warm hearted and downright neighborly stage presence which juxtaposes perfectly with the intricate nature of his carefully crafted music. His newest handiwork is Born to be Free, an LP which is released by Kimi Records and Sound of a Handshake, offers everything we could ask of Borko. Simply by putting the needle to the album the battle is already half won.