I’ve recently discovered the albums Krákan and the self-titled album Eivør Pálsdóttir by, well, Eivør Pálsdóttir (page on last.fm available too). Do NOT try her English album “Human Child”. There is a non-English version too, I heard, but I don’t know when it’s coming out.
One of the most powerful Eivør tracks I’ve heard so far is “Nú brennur tú í mær”, released on Krákan. It’s the sort of track that sounds like it could be electric, but it’s all acoustic and full of wobbly percussion and makes you shiver for various reasons, but you never quite know which one you’re shivering about that very moment; her voice, the emotions, the crescendo of the instruments, the perfectly placed pauses and quiet passages, the power, the despair, the sorrow, the background choir, wha?
Interesting side note: Just look at that Faroese! It’s like a cute-as-a-button mish-mash of Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic. I wonder how people on the Faroes can still talk to each other without breaking out in bouts of giggling.