UK Live Date:
Sun 30 April - Hull City Hall - Hull
(part of John Grant's North Atlantic Flux Festival)
Icelandic artist Sóley shared the video for the track "Grow", taken from her forthcoming album Endless Summer, due out on Morr Music on 19 May. The video, is set amid a particularly heavy snowfall in Reykjavik. As director Samantha Shay explains: "On the day of our shoot, a record snowfall hit Reykjavik, and we thought, how could we possibly make a video for an album called "Endless Summer", but I realised through this process that Sóley is the Endless Summer, conjuring her incandescence. So there she is, in the middle of the snow all on her own, dreaming of the warmth she creates to surround her. This ability to be present with what is in front of us, instead of what we wish could be, is to me, the journey of the song, and Sóley's journey that I tried to capture in Grow."
Sóley's third album, Endless Summer is like the Icelandic summer, a liminal, endless turning and shifting of days, with seemlingly endless brightness embued with just a hint of winter. Her entrancing and unsettling piano playing are counterbalanced by lilting vocals and complimented by arrangements for a small orchestra. Unexpected chord progressions transform into the most decadently inviting pop songs.
Releases new album Endless Summer via Morr Music on 19 May
Back with her third solo album, Sóley’s new LP Endless Summer is due out on 19 May via Morr Music. Written over the period of a year together with her long-time friend and collaborator Albert Finnbogason, the new full-length sees the acclaimed Icelandic musician explore the more optimistic, sun-drenched corners of her songwriting.
She shares the first single "Never Cry Moon", in which the orchestral sounds of clarinet, trombone and cello beautifully engulf Sóley’s repetitive piano playing giving the record a warm, colourful touch.
Sóley’s latest offering Endless Summer is the warmth beneath the snow at the end of winter, the seeds waiting to grow as spring whispers through. Following the heavy organs, synths, and minor keys of her last album Ask The Deep, Endless Summer emerges with a hopeful sweetness and feels even more vulnerable, as Sóley climbs with us to incandescence.
“The idea for the album came pretty randomly one night in beginning of January 2016 when I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote a note to myself: ‘Write about hope and spring’,” she says about the LP’s general direction. “So I painted my studio in yellow and purple, bought a grand piano, sat down and started playing, singing and writing.”
Endless Summer delivers just that, opening with the song “Úa” (named after her young daughter) that washes over us like a hopeful dream. It’s based on adventurous acoustic arrangements reminiscent of Joanna Newsom or Agnes Obel, which sets the tone for what is to follow in its wake.
Comprised of eight songs, Endless Summer is grounded in fertile wisdom. Not just an ethereal dream of love and light, but a subtle, accumulative wisdom, a conscious choice to cling to
vitality. Full of childlike wonder yet retaining a form of reverence, the album sees Sóley stepping out of a lingering nightmare to become an enchanted lover of mystery.
Endless Summer is like the Icelandic summer, a liminal, endless turning and shifting consciousness with an endless awakening of continual brightness with just a hint of winter; it is the eruption from which the rebirth of light emerges.
19 May - Morr Music
02 Sing Wood To Silence 03 Inbetween
04 Never Cry Moon
06 Before Falling
08 Endless Summer
European Tour Dates (UK shows to be announced soon):
Sun 26 Mar - Georgia - Tbilisi - Spacehall
Wed 29 Mar - France - Paris - Le Divan du Monde
Thu 30 Mar - France - Rouen - Le 106
Fri 31 Mar - France - Vendome - Le Troisième volume
Wed 10 May - Germany - Cologne - Kulturkirche
Thu 11 May - Germany - Leipzig - Felsenkeller
Fri 12 May - Germany - Berlin - Apostel Paulus Kirche
Sun 14 May - Germany - Frankfurt - Mousonturm
Tue 16 May - Czech Republic - Prague - Hybernia Theater
Thu 18 May - Poland - Poznan - Aula Artis
Fri 19 May - Poland - Warsaw - NIEBO
Sat 20 May - Poland - Katowice - Kino-Teatr Rialto
Tue 23 May - Hungary - Budapest - A38 Ship
Wed 24 May - Croatia - Zagreb - Culture Factory
Thu 25 May - Slovenia - Liubljana - Kino Siska
Sat 27 May - Austria - Linz - Posthof
Sun 28 May - Slovakia - Bratislava - A4
Mon 29 May - Austria - Vienna - WuK