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“Are you more comfortable in your dreams or in reality?”
This question sits at the core of JFDR‘s second album, New Dreams.
This album features her hauntingly beautiful song ‘Shimmer’, which is about “loving someone who is a bit broken”.
JFDR is the project from prolific Icelandic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jófríður Ákadóttir.
Her first solo album, 2017’s Brazil, was lauded for its ability to bottle a silvery wind—and then let it spill through the speakers and coalesce into a mystic cloud in your mind. That quality runs through Ákadóttir’s prolific catalog in projects such as Pascal Pinon, Samaris, Gangly, and more.
But on New Dreams, Ákadóttir wields that shapeshifting beauty with a refreshing command, leaning fully into the spiritual journey of electroacoustic wonder.
Building from that diversity of experience, New Dreams was built on the road. Ákadóttir first pieced together recordings from her laptop and phone initially intended as demos, but retained for their organic feeling.
The bones of the recordings are largely acoustic, composed of guitar, piano, and voice. But wisps of smoky electronics intrude into the frame, distorting the imagery for a moment. Sub-bass underscores a rhythmic pulse; pitch-shifted vocals weave a wobbling harmony.
In merging these two different worlds in the studio, Ákadóttir, along with further production from Josh Wilkinson and mixing from Paul Corley (Sigur Rós, Yves Tumour, Tim Hecker), produced an otherworldly realm somewhere in between.
Following a sold-out headline show at London’s St Pancras Old Church, and a tour across Europe, JFDR showcases her masterful use of restrained yet powerful vocals.
Watch the lyric video for ‘Shimmer’ HERE.