Mother Melancholia


Red vinyl. "Known for her delicate compositions, soaked in dream-like surrealism, Icelandic musician Sóley has attracted a huge following since launching her solo career back in 2010. Her 2012 single 'Pretty Face' went on to generate an enormous amount of buzz, and quickly became a viral sensation. Now, with three solo LPs under her belt, Sóley is preparing to debut a completely new sound via the release of her new concept album, Mother Melancholia . . . The new album sees Sóley move away from the indie-pop of her previous releases. She began by experimenting with writing songs on the accordion, allowing her a new sense of freedom in her writing. The process allowed her to broaden her horizons even further and experiment with a whole range of new and exciting sounds . . . Album opener 'Sunrise Skulls', one of the most cinematic moments on the album, was inspired by the Me Too and SlutWalk movements and tells the story of a group of women who rise up and fight the patriarchy. 'Blows Up', a track that would be at home on any horror soundtrack, is a sarcastic love letter from the Earth to humans. Standout track 'Desert' is an incredibly moving song dedicated to the next generation. 'It's about the guilt you feel, as a mother, for having children and leaving them on the frontline. My daughter, for example, will take over this inevitable war' explains Sóley. In true soundtrack style, the album flows through the end of the world in chronological order, closing with the Earth's final moments. 'Sundown' is a dark piano ballad detailing human kind's final day on Earth. 'And everyday, I dig my own grave, and as I dive in you´ll hold my hand' she sings, over twinkling piano and swirling synths. We then hear the world end on 'XXX', a dark and swirling soundscape that swells before fading to silence. On 'Elegía' the silence then turns to the sound of the ocean, as we hear the Earth, like a woman finally free from a violent relationship, healing on her own. Mother Melancholia is the mark of an artist confidently striding into more experimental territory. With a lengthy and successful career behind her, Sóley felt compelled to try something new and express the real her. The music might be shrouded in darkness but it's a move that fills her with joy and freedom. 'I hope that people not only enjoy the new sound, but also that Mother Melancholia might raise some questions in people, particularly women' she says. 'I'm under no illusions that this album will change the world but I hope that people can connect with the idea.'"