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White Sun Live. Part I: Strings


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HN A work of haunting grace and deep emotion which can remind us that, within the mystery and confusion of being human, there is much beauty to be found. Favorite track: My Work (String Version).
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The Friendly Skinhead Saw JFDR play a small church in Stroud and was blown away by the beauty and fragility. Got the Gravity E.P and loved it but this is truly stunning. Favorite track: My Work (String Version).
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4000Qtrap Lovely new versions. I'm partial to JFDR and the JFDR variations, but all are interesting. Favorite track: White Sun (String Version).
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glenrobinson All of the songs are terrific. I don’t have a single favourite. The melodies, words, voice, guitar and piano are wonderful. But putting strings on Orange excuisitely shows what a fine composer she is. Favorite track: Orange (String Version).
jeff guy
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jeff guy I love this album because it is so fragile. It is like a frozen flower.
Sean José
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Sean José SO GOOD! Beautiful re-imaginings.
Jófríður''s unique sound is enchanting and full of spirit. These delicate tracks are emotively charged and each one tells a very human story. Jófríður is mesmerizing in everything she does, displaying a raw beauty through her music that's original, rare, graceful and enigmatic in equal measures. Favorite track: My Work (String Version).
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For this EP, Jófríður Ákadóttir has re-recorded some of the finest songs from her bands and solo-projects (JFDR, Samaris, Pascal Pinon) with new string arrangements. These versions have a simple, inherent beauty that is juxtaposed with their seething, stark intensity.

To replace the original arrangements with strings was originally planned as a one-off event: When preparing a Pascal Pinon performance in Portugal, Jófríður asked NYC-based composer Ian Davis to help her re-arrange four tracks. After the show Jófríður realized that the material deserved to be captured.

The featured songs were chosen from the repertoire of JFDR (her solo project) and Pascal Pinon (the duo she forms with her sister Ásthildur). There were no objective selection criteria: „I chose the songs that called for strings, songs that I was interested in continuing their story“, Jófríður says. „Making this EP was meant to cast new light onto old bodies, to explore what is song and what is arrangement“. Indeed, the arrangements establish a fresh perspective on the selected songs (except for „My Work“ – as the track will appear on a forthcoming JFDR album). Being freed from genre, these versions also expose JFDR’s voice and its dynamics— the absence of beats gives her vocal performance new possibilities.

The EP was recorded live in a studio in Reykjavík, where Jófríður was joined by producer Albert Finnbogason, her sister Ásthildur (additional vocals and piano) and a string quintet. Ian Davis also made it to the recording sessions and brought two new transcriptions: „I wanted to have moments of clear simplicity juxtaposed with more dense, experimental passages. Sometimes the strings are just holding root notes and simple chords and other times they open up into more contrapuntal and textural moments“, Ian explains. As a result, you’ll find both moments of modest beauty as well as intensely seething passages. Even if Jófríður’s voice clearly is the main attraction here, this EP – as she emphazises herself – is a collective work of those involved: „Trusting your collaborators is the truest gift“.


released August 3, 2018


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JFDR is the latest project from Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir of Samaris, Pascal Pinon and Gangly.


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