Where begins Eivør?

Eivør Pálsdóttir “Eivør Pálsdóttir”
Tutl, 2000

Eivor (маленький)

Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir recorded her first solo album with an unpretentious title “Eivør Pálsdóttir”, when she hardly was 18 (to be more exact, even 17). By Russian standards, this age is too infantile for making essential projects. But if we look closely at the musical scene of the islands, we’ll clearly see, that junior music is treated here as a rather sustainable realia, not as a simple fun. Take, for example, the white-headed boy Beinir with his 2013 record “Kom við”. However, such a comparison is very doubtful.

Despite her age, Eivør still sang adult songs, and everybody understood, that she would be a great singer. Somehow, Russian singer Pelageya сomes into my mind at once (obviously, it’s all about the “curtsey” to the traditional folk music, which both singers made in the morning of their career). Even when she was a child, everybody knew, that she’s a future star that would shine bright and long.

The 2000 record absotively laid a strong groundwork of Pálsdóttir’s originality. Despite the fact, that she with other musicians, without a second thought, actually arraigned Faroese ballades, heavily “savoured” with jazz (the first part of which was folk, the second — written particularly by Eivør and her mates), before the court of the listeners. In this, at first sight, very frank record, we distinctively see the real Pálsdóttir. Yes, her voice only begins understanding, how strong it is, so Eivør doesn’t “misuse” the skill of ethereal vocalizing. Though, she still used it. Notably in her first song «Ástarstund».

Eivør ‘s debut album is, of course, her first step. It is very nice and delightful, but still it’s only the beginning of the long way of the singer from a young girl in a traditional Faroese outfit to the young lady in scruffy tights with gothic moods (“Larva”, 2010) or an elegant beauty in a white lace dress (“Room”, 2012). I’ll write about all ingenious “images” of Pálsdóttir again and again, but the most important thing, I want to emphasize, is that the singer is impossible without this record. Having found herself in music together with faithful team-mates throughout all her musical career – the double-bass player Mikael Blak, the guitarist Búi E. Dam, and the drummer Brandur Jacobsen, — Eivør appeared from this album. Namely by such example «Krákan» (2003), «Eivør» (2004), and even extremely gorgeous «Trollabundin» (2005) were “moulded”. But, it’s a different story and different Eivør.

You have to listen to the songs «Í Gøtu Ein Dag», «Silvurkannan» and «Føroyar Mín Móðir». The greatest, I think. Especially the first one.

Reviewer by Anton Kovalsky.

Translated by Irina Boiko.

Russian version reviewer.