Lovísa Sigrúnardóttir aka Lay Low has been called the Icelandic Patsy Cline. Her voice sounds like it could be right out of the American South and the music is country/americana with songs off her latest release, the Icelandic language album Brostinn Strengur, having an indie, trip hop twist. Lay Low graciously took a few minutes to answer some questions for the Friday 5.
When most people think of music in Iceland, I think they think of music like Bjork and Sigur Ros. How did you get interested in playing country music?
I collect old country vinyls, and one day I thought to myself it would be fun to do an album with that sound, the old Nashville 50’s, 60’s and 70’s sound. Next thing I know, I’m in a studio in London doing just that. I just like the vibe going on in country music but I’m picky in what country music I listen to, not so much the new commercial country, more into the older stuff or alternative sides. Country music has a piece of me, but I try and go as wide as I can in music genres. New material has more of a pshycadelic folk, alt-country, rock, indie flavor.
How do you feel about the comparisons to Patsy Cline?
I don’t think that I am anywhere near Patsy Cline singing wise, but I get the comparison with the sound, since I did an album that had a strong Nashville taste to it.
Lucinda Williams said you were the best young artists she has heard in years. How did that make you feel coming from a legend like her?
It was a very pleasant surprise to meet her at one of my concerts on my first US tour, she’s a great inspiration and very cool lady.
What is your favorite song to perform?
When I’m on my own I enjoy performing Horfið when I get people to help me out, by clapping and learning some Icelandic. When I’m with my band I love playing my very own classic, Please Don’t Hate Me. It’s a song that I have many different versions of, and it’s fun how easy it is to mix it up.
What’s in store for you in 2012?
I’m now writing and producing for a new album that I want to finish this year. It looks like I’ll have a summer of recording and listening to myself all day long. In the autumn I’ll get back on the road, playing and being thankful for how lucky I am to be living this music filled life.
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