– SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘ORANGE’
– ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘SUNDUR’ DUE AUG 26TH VIA MORR MUSIC
After recently announcing their new album, Icelandic sisters Jófríõur Ákadóttir & Ásthildur, AKA Pascal Pinon are sharing another slice of their minimal take on folk with new track ‘Orange‘ from their forthcoming record. Their album ‘Sundur‘ is due Aug 26th via Morr Music.
Speaking about the new track, one half of Pascal Pinon, Jófríõur, went on to explain the thoughts behind ‘Orange’ when she said: “One of the challenges Ásthildur and I put in front of ourselves when making this album was writing songs for only piano and voice. Coming from a classical background we had our own idea of what that ‘usually’ sounds like and we also had our own ideas of how to make it better.
The main themes in ‘Orange’ is wordplay (repeating phrases but changing one word to alter the whole meaning), diary- or a kind of memoir-styled lyrics and imagining you’re in a piano bar in the 50’s singing about your loves and tragedies.”
Pascal Pinon’s third album is the Icelandic duo’s rawest and most diverse musical statement yet. 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 more intimate 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.
Due to a conflict of schedules, Ásthildur and Jófríður ended up recording the bulk of Sundur in only two days. Their father, composer Áki Ásgeirsson, helped out with the engineering and contributed percussions played with scrap metal he brought with him, including discarded parts of airplanes. While few of those details will be audible on the surface, the unpolished sound design and added bits are crucial to Sundur, the result of an intense musical collaboration between the three family members. “It makes the album feel more real and raw which is what it essentially is all about,” explains Jófríður. “It’s very sparse and a lot closer in the approach and in regards to the sound of our very first album. It’s kind of funny that seven years later, we would go back to the same place where we were at age 14!” Here they are however, with a record which is as intimate as it is mature.
‘Sundur’ track list:
1. Jósa & Lotta
2. 53 (mp3)
6. Spider Light