FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER
Pascal Pinon’s third album is the Icelandic duo’s rawest and yet most diverse musical statement within the frame of their Folk-influenced, minimalistic sound. Produced only by themselves, Sundur comprises material written over the course of 1 ½ years. While most parts of the album are sparsely orchestrated and follow the experimental lo-fi-leaning aesthetics of the duo’s previous two records, the overall tone has become rawer with its metronome-like rhythms, occasional synth lines and driving piano melodies.
Sundur lends its title from the Icelandic proverb “sundur og saman” (meaning “apart and together”) and could be considered the companion of 2013’s Twosomeness. Thematically, it reflects upon the voluntary separation of the two sisters. “We had never been apart our entire lives until we finished touring with our last album”, remembers Jófríður Ákadóttir. While Ásthildur went to Amsterdam to study classical piano and composition and back to Iceland, her sister Jófríður went to tour the world with her other band, Samaris, and still leads a nomadic lifestyle.
Being apart is not only the main thematic thread running through Sundur, it also turned Pascal Pinon’s writing process upside down. Although Ásthildur and Jófríður frequently visited each other in the Netherlands and respectively Iceland from early 2014 until late 2015 to finish the writing process, the geographical separation also influenced their compositions and thus the album as a whole. “The fact that we spent so much time apart creates completely different connections between the songs than on Twosomeness, which for me makes it more diverse in the best way possible”, says Ásthildur in regards to the LP’s predecessor. Indeed Sundur sees two different people arriving at their shared creative goal.
In his short career Icelandic artist Indriði Ingólfsson has experimented with a diverse spectrum of sounds. He’s guitarist in Reykjavík hardcore punk band Muck, and also part of experimental collective Sagitaria Raga. Outside of that, he’s contributed to a number of other art and music projects. What he’s created here is nothing like he’s done before. He will release his debut album ‘Makril‘ on 26 August. It’s a gorgeous listen, with the guitar tones and brass arrangements reminiscent of The National, and his low growl not a million miles away from that of Future Islands’ Samuel Herring. – Loud and Quiet
PLEASE NOTE: This show has an early curfew of 10pm.
Tickets £7.00 +bf adv. available from http://birdonthewire.seetickets.com/go/pascalpinonthewaitingroom
The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 0LH