FM Belfast, Retro Stefson, Sykur… something about the cold Icelandic air just gifts the artists with a knack for good pop songs. Today’s export is Young Karin, a band formerly known as Highlands. They’ve just released their latest effort, a three track set titled PYK, earlier this summer and it’s just solidifies the new bands place in the music industry.
The lead single from PYK is a track that finds itself somewhere between the frantic minimalist energy of FKA twigs and the dark brooding R&B of Banks. The red herring of an intro paints an atmospheric soundscape featuring featherlight brass until the track switches between atmospheric verses and a chorus with snappy percussion and synths that ebb and flow.
Frontwoman Karin Sveinsdóttir’s husky voice glides effortlessly with a youthful inflection that doesn’t overcome it’s emotive quality. “Leave your bones at home, won’t you fall for me,” she pleads over the lush soundscape, portraying a sense of bittersweet yearning for a lover while both of them appear to have their own skeletons to deal with.