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JFDR Shares New Single & Video “Life Man” – Taken From New Album “Museum” due April 28th via Houndstooth & Announces EU Tour Dates

April 1, 2023
Photo Credit: Dura Dunn


Shares new single & video “Life Man”
Announces European tour dates
Album ‘Museum’ due April 28th via Houndstooth

Icelandic experimental singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist JFDR, aka Jófríður Ákadóttir, presents “Life Man,” the new single from her forthcoming album, Museum, out April 28th on Houndstooth. JFDR is also set to tour Europe later this year with UK shows in London and Brighton.

Following lead single “The Orchid,” “Life Man” soars like a spring breeze. Originally starting off as a moodier iteration, JFDR — with the help of her partner Josh Wilkinson — extracted the track’s core groove, seeping newfound energy into the song. “Life Man” begins with subtly intricate percussion, which quickly propels itself into an electrifying chorus, grounded by JFDR’s half-whispered speculations: “This could be a feeling // I can’t tell // This could be the season // I just don’t know it.” The accompanying “Life Man” video, directed by Clump Collective (Katy J Pearson, Grandmas House, mui zyu), features JFDR swathed in elaborate red sleeves, twirling alongside the track’s hypnotic rhythm. It’s a fitting accompaniment to the sculptural designs by Sól Hansdóttir worn in the “Life Man” single art. Of “Life Man,” JFDR states: “Most of us live fairly hectic lives and it can be a shock when things slow down. The song is about one of those moments; when you get a second to breathe and an overwhelming wave of existentialism hits you in the face. It’s a good time to ask questions, as it is all very strange indeed.”

This intricate formation embraces this web-like characteristic, reeling off gentle tangents of rhythmic pulsations, minimalist tones, and this gentle sweeping motion. The acoustic notes resonate in the delicate atmosphere, and notes sparkle and make this tender buoyancy to the direction of this creation. But it’s the immersive lyrics and harmonies which hook the listener. JFDR dazzles once more, through the delicate atmosphere JFDR flourishes with the emotive range emitting from the expressive vocal harmonies oozing over every complex element.

Inspired by the discovery of ideas lost to time after a period of creative stasis, Museum transforms fleeting moments into a timeless monument. It is, in JFDR’s words, “an album about clearing and healing; like breathing fresh strong air through your old self.” Following the release of her acclaimed 2020 album New Dreams — “the kind of album that might give you space to reach your own small revelations” (Stereogum) — JFDR found herself in an existential crisis about her own work. In late 2021, she began to re-emerge, scouring old demos and following her partner’s advice to trust her buried creative impulses. It was an immersive and nurturing period, and that new spate of energy and renewal of purpose lends Museum a weightlessness; a sense of movement and lifting up.

Throughout Museum, there are beautifully unfurling melodies and subtle percussion propelling songs upwards. There are whorls of piano and synths, sympathetic textures alongside instrumental breathers. JFDR’s vocals curl like wisps of smoke around heavy and resonant silhouettes of electric guitar and bass. As the album moves, there is redemption to be found – Ákadóttir ushers the listener toward the light at the end of the tunnel. It is a masterful gesture from an artist 14 years and 12 records deep into her career.Following stints as a member in Pascal Pinon and Samaris, JFDR has collaborated with renowned artists including Ólafur Arnalds, Damien Rice, and Penelope Trappes, scored the award-winning Icelandic film Backyard Village, and garnered fans across the world – including Björk, who has cited JFDR as an inspiration.  Museum represents an essential step in her ever-growing catalog, and a new beginning for an artist who has already had multiple careers as a musician, but who still feels like she’s just getting started. “This album is a step to somewhere,” she says reflectively, “I feel I’m right in the middle of a new body of work.”

Tour dates: 
Fri. Apr. 14 -Dublin, IE @ The Sugar Club
Sat. Apr. 15 – Genk, BE @ C-Mine
Wed. May 10 – London, UK @ St Matthias Church
Fri. May 12 – Brighton, UK @ St Mary’s Church
Sat. May 13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Tue. May 16 – Bruges, BE @ Cactus Muziekcentrum
Wed. May 17 – Brussels, BE @ Secret Show
Thu. May 18 – Cologne, DE @ Jaki
Sat. May 20 – Berlin, DE @ Prachtwerk
Sun. May 21 – Zaragoza, ES @ Bombo y Platillo
Mon. May 22 – Castellon, ES @ Teatre del Raval
Wed. May 24 – Barcelona, ES @ Antiga Fábrica Estrella Damm
Fri. May 26 – Prague, CZ @ Cross Club
Sat. May 27 – Šriavnica, SK @ Art Cafe Banska
Mon. May 29 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop-UP de Label

Pre-order Museum here

Museum tracklist:
1. The Orchid
2. Life Man
3. Spectator
4. Air Unfolding 
5. Flower Bridge
6. Valentine
7. Sideways Moon
8. February
9. Underneath The Sun

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