Dark-pop princess of Iceland Sóley will present a soundtrack to the end of the world in Banská Štiavnica


Icelandic musician Sóley will bring a new sound to Slovakia, she will perform at Art Cafe in Banská Štiavnica on July 1, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will feature music from her latest album Mother Melancholia, with which she won the Icelandic Music Award in the album category of 2022 and is nominated for the Nordic Council Music Award for 2022. Sóley reflects in music his anxiety about global warming, pandemics and great politics, which she said could lead to the end of the world.

“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. I read books about possible dystopian worlds and started writing poems about irrational and in love characters who live in gray and cold imaginary loneliness. In each other’s burning arms. Walking in circles with no way out” she explains. “After all, the album reflects our life here and now. Our life and reality is a kind of dystopian world,” added Sóley.

“We were lucky that our Icelandic partner René got to know her and invitied her to play in our small club in Štiavnica. We still can’t believe that we succeeded, “said the concert organizer Zuzana Bargerová from Art Cafe. The legendary Art Cafe will be 22 years in October. “Several well-known foreign musicians performed in its premises, as well as Icelanders, but they mostly visited us from big festivals. This concert is our first own international production. We wanted to bring quality Icelandic art to Slovakia and Banská Štiavnica, and we focused our artistic exchange with Iceland on women musicians, “concluded Zuzana Bargerová.

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.

Described by the artist as “Nosferatu meets Thelma and Louise in a vampire church under the watchful eye of David Lynch”, Mother Melancholia is the soundtrack to the end of the world as we know it.

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, on October 22nd.

The event is funded by the project “Slovak-Icelandic cooperation in the development of small and cultural centers – SLICE” supported by the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 and the state budget of the Slovak Republic. In 2020, the grant was awarded to OZ Povala (Art Cafe) and the Icelandic organization Rockall. The year-round project focuses on cultural exchange with Iceland, but in addition to two festivals, it will bring several significant events dedicated to young people, seniors and people living in excluded communities.

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Zuzana Golianová

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