Eivor Palsdottir, Eivor Palsdottir

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The stunning debut of perhaps the best-known export of the Faroe Islands.

Possibly the best-known export of the Danish-owned Faroe Isles, singer Eivør Pálsdóttir recorded this debut in Iceland when she was just 17. Although its basis is in Faroese folk (including a sample of an old folk singer on "Gøtu Ein Dag"), there's an airy, drifting quality to the music, as if it's been pushed around and honed by the waves. Eivør sounds like an old soul, with a powerful, expressive voice far beyond her years; she's able to move from a muted scream to a seductive caress in a heartbeat. The Faroese musicians are in perfect sync, shifting between gentle jazz-rock and the ghostly feel of pieces like "Føroyar Min Módir." The traditional material sits easily next to modern compositions, united in the musicians 'quiet, atmospheric approach. And finally, to complete the circle and emphasize the connection between ancient and modern, that unaccompanied old singer closes the album.