premiere: east of my youth, 'mother'

Who doesn't love Icelandic pop? Enjoy this turned up loud with the sun on your face.

by Francesca Dunn
06 May 2016, 5:48pm

Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir and Herdís Stefánsdóttir are Icelandic electro-pop dream East of my Youth. Playing together for just under a year, the girls met in Reykjavik and have been hitting the festivals hard for a band so young. With Airwaves, Sonar, and SXSW under their belts, they first caught out attention with the darker "Only Lover" before progressing to the more melodic "Mother." Composed in a little cabin deep in the beautiful Whalefjord wilderness, the duo listened to oriental Chinese music and began playing around with their synths. "Mother" was born.

"After just a few hours of incredible fun, a little pop ballad emerged." They explain. "It is quite different from out other songs which are more downtempo and dark but we liked it. The best part of writing music is just letting everything go and sticking with whatever comes to you, 'Mother' was one of those moments -- no struggle, pure joy." Taken from their debut EP -- due for release in summer -- treat yourself to a listen. Top tip: sounds even better with the sun on your face.


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