Pascal Pinon are Icelandic sisters Jófríõur & Ásthildur Ákadóttir, who make somewhat lo-fi and somewhat ethereal music. They recently released their self-produced third album Sundur, and you can find the video for lead single ‘Orange’ below.
Jófríõur from Pascal Pinon has put together a playlist for us, showcasing some of the songs she feels are special.
Talk Talk – New Grass
This track still holds the magic that I felt and found before my eyes when I first heard it, driving through the desert in california with my friend and collaborator Shahzad Ismaily.
Psychic TV – The Orchids
This is an uplifting song to play when you’re feeling sad about the world. It has a line that goes: “in the morning after the night i fall in love with the light” is a kind of a mantra to hum in the darkness.
Robbie Basho – Blue Crystal Fire
Robbie Basho’s voice and guitar playing is for the lonely ones. He’s light for ear, warmth for your soul, inspiration for the empty ones.
Yoko Ono – Namyohorengekyo
I think this song is actually more of a dream than a song. If you ever wondered what sleep walking is in the form of music this song is for you. Or dream if you like.
Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta
I heard this song in Porto, Portugal, last year, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I recorded a clip on my phone. I never used to like saxophone and then Portugal sent me to Ethiopia.
Indriði – Dreamcat
Indriði and his music takes me over in tides. I recommend this song, especially for driving in California.
Vashti Bunyan – Here Before
I once lived in a small apartment in downtown Eeykjavík for a few months over the summertime. It had a bed, a record player and little ornaments in corners and shelves, randomly spread around for good luck. I’d listen to this song on the record player almost every day. I left the record in the apartment when I left.
Sibylle Baier – The End
Sibylle Baier is to me the sound of loneliness, but not in a morbid way, in a kind of necessary way. There’s so much empty space in her music and it reflects the empty space within yourself. It’s incredibly important to be tuned into your inner emptiness.
Grouper – Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping
The warmth of the noise in this track is like a fireplace. Tucked underneath it is a catchy pop song.
My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes
To end this journey of sad yet hopeful songs, the queen of all melancholic music, sometimes by my bloody valentine. Kevin Shields, I salute you. Forever yours.