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We Sink

by Sóley

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Henrik Sundqvist
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Henrik Sundqvist Gorgeous Icelandic fairy pop with a touch of darkness and mystical. The album cover is bombastic, too. Favorite track: I'll Drown.
Keith Pearce
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Keith Pearce There is something really different/special/unique about Soley's music. I like it a lot. Favorite track: Bad Dream.
Compassion Club
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Compassion Club Another well made release from Soley. It's calming, reassuring and relatable. This album is perfect for late nights, long drives, or when life gets stressful. I adore this album, give it a listen, I recommend it. Favorite track: Smashed Birds.
Breno Freire
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Breno Freire Songs to make me better when I'm sad. Favorite track: Dance.
Diego Lavail
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Diego Lavail We Sink is one of these albums one can enjoy listening when it's dark and raining outside, with many candles lit, and a nice book to start. Very good! Favorite track: I'll Drown.
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Andy Remember driving back to Tokyo from Niigata in the middle of September with Soley playing over and over again "The Summer is going to end on a rainy day like this" and as the summer did end the rain started to fall and I put the wipers on and headed back through the mountains back to work at the end of the Summer. Soley has the voice of an angel and bucketloads of talent and this album will forever transport me back to Niigata.
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I'll Drown 03:32
Pretty Face 04:40
Bad Dream 02:13
Dance 04:03
And Leave 03:29


A beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering, taking off; soon sepia-toned clouds of piano gather overhead, shimmering, turning darker and richer, and then Sóley raises her voice – a voice that, until five years ago, she didn’t even consider a proper “singing voice”. It’s true: the bespectacled multi-instrumentalist from Iceland, now in her mid-twenties, had been around the world and back with her band, Seabear, when she finally discovered her own vocal skills. Even though Sóley Stefánsdóttir sings non-stop in private, creating a musical backdrop to pretty much everything she does, it just took her a while to get used to the sound of her own voice. We all know this, don’t we?

It’s the sound of this voice that’s at the very core of her intricate compositions, tracks that flare like a bunch of magic lanterns, taking shape, growing hazy, flaming up once again, then moving on. Sóley sans Seabear – and the band’s mastermind Sindri was, after all, the first to go solo, as Sin Fang Bous, one should keep in mind – is basically a storyteller who has come up with her very own wonderland. Meet her on the street and she seems rather introverted; yet, she’s far from shy in this self-created musical sphere, a sonic realm she freely expands, stakes out, reinvents, turns upside down. Throughout the album, Sóley spins one yarn after the next; at one point, unfortunate “Smashed Birds” have to give their feathers for a new dress, while the guitar, making a special appearance, sets the tone. Elsewhere, she focuses on the moment when a dream is exposed as such, this time over a huge sonic expanse drowned in reverb. She moves gently over magic carpets, woven landscapes, majestic like movie scores (“Fight Them Soft,” which might as well be her mantra), only to serve the listener a plate of “Blue Leaves” next. Song after song, the former student of composition manages to combine seemingly disparate elements with stunning ease, a snap of her fingers, a click of the tongue, a carefree mood reminiscent of earlier projects hailing from Iceland. Not to mention the sound of the letter R when she sings, wobbling smoothly off the tip of the tongue, all straight at first, then branching off, 180 degrees, eventually hitting the home stretch – reflecting the shape of the letter itself.

After “Theater Island,” last year’s 6-track EP, Sóley returns with her first full-length, an album full of rhythmic makeshift creatures, of handclaps hidden in the undergrowth, tempting us to join in. The 13 tracks are sometimes incredibly catchy; amazingly quirky at other times: think cardigan-folk from the northern hemisphere, an ocean of stained glasses bopping up and down in the shared apartment’s dishwater, leeward in limbo. The result is refreshing in its lack of edginess; think Joanna Newsom minus her harp, or the Casady sisters circa 2004, but then clearly better trained, less crooked. In other words: her voice, those loops moving around like wooden toys, and finally the piano – that’s the backbone, the essence of her compositions; at least until some unexpected element appears elsewhere, a rhythmic creaking or the lack thereof, like a hidden Rube Goldberg machine, setting off yet another component, thus paving the way across the threshold and on into the next realm of sound. And thus we keep on sinking, deeper and deeper, until we stand on terra firma once again, realizing that somehow, next to us, above us, around us, a beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering…


released September 2, 2011


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Sóley Reykjavik, Iceland

Since the release of her debut album 'We Sink', Sóley Stefánsdóttir, better known as Sóley, has been wowing audiences around the globe with her dark, fairytale song craft.

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