Copenhagen-based electronica artist Eivør Pálsdóttir has released a dozen albums since the age of 16, when she quit school to relocate from the remote Faroes to Reykjavik, going on to win two Icelandic Music Awards (the first non-Icelandic artist to do so). Eivør’s music has soundtracked Scorsese’s Silence, Game Of Thrones, The Last Kingdom and Homeland.
Just released, her latest album Segl, featuring production from regular Lana Del Rey collaborator Dan Heath and a guest appearance from Einar Selvik, is the follow-up to Eivør’s 2017 UK debut Slør, which triggered her appearance on Jools Holland.
Unable to tour until the second-half of 2021, Eivør has instead announced a ticketed virtual concert to celebrate the release of the album. The gig – which will be broadcast on October 9 from her native Faroe Islands, with a socially distanced audience present – will see Eivør debut new material and fan favourites, supported by her band with full live-production values.
Often dubbed the “Nordic Kate Bush”, Eivør shares with us four albums that have been a major influence on her music.
(Main photo: Sigga Ella)
Marie Boine – Eagle Brother (Goaskinviellja)
I first heard Mari Boine when I was 14 years old and I listened to this album A LOT during my teenage years.
There was something wild and untamed about her which I felt very drawn to.
On this album she sang in her native language called “Sami”, and although I didn’t understand a word, I felt very connected to this music on a very deep level. . .
There was also something liberating about the way she used her voice so freely as an instrument. Sometimes she’d sound like an animal and sometimes she’d sound like a saxophone.
Portishead – Roseland NYC Live
I was presented to Portishead when I was around 16 years old.
I was playing in a trip-hop rock band at the time, and this album was our everything for a long time.
This album completely opened up my mind to how music can be expressed, felt and played. I remember I’d watch this live performance over and over again. . . This band! Beth Gibbons underplayed way of singing, yet so incredibly powerful. The string arrangements. . . The crying and noisy tremolo and wah-wah guitars, the sexy drumbeats, and well, the whole package and combination of people was just so perfect. Everything about this really triggered something within me.
Björk – Homogenic
When I first heard this album, I had to listen again and again out of pure curiosity. It made me feel the strangest feelings and everything about it was just so unique. I had never heard anything like it before.
It was this combination of beauty and strangeness that really fascinated me. And the way that it gave you this feeling of nature being entwined with technology, which is something Björk masters again and again in her creations.
Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
There is something very melancholic and incredibly beautiful about Nick Drake.
When I first heard this album it made me feel both sad and happy all at the same time. The song ‘Riverman’ nearly killed me. So incredibly brilliantly written in all aspects.
The guitar pattern that goes into 5/4 dancing around the major and minor, Nick Drake’s soft voice floating so calmly over the very rhythmic guitar pattern and you don’t even notice that it goes into 5/4. Then the strings flowing around it all like misty fog and gentle rain.
I will never get tired of listening to this and I know I will never be able to write anything as beautiful.