Our friend Leana arrived in Seattle this week and when I picked her up at the airport she passed along a copy of Sóley’s new album Endless Summer that she got during a show Sóley played at Sofar Sounds in Reykjavik. It’s good to have friends! As an added bonusit’s the limited edition turquoise version (edition of 150), which is pretty cool.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Sóley perform her solo stuff before, though I did see her once as part of Seabear (she’s also part of Sin Fang). Her solo material is quiet, melodic, and a bit sparse, giving her floating voice space to play. The emphasis is on piano and voice, with the low end of the piano providing what little bass structure the songs have. Sóley uses it to great effect, though, and can bring things to a crescendo when she chooses as she does on “Grow”, arguably the best song on the album (and I’m not saying that because it was released as a single… I only found that out after the fact; sometimes the best song is obviously there for everyone to hear).
Endless Summer is a beautiful album and one worth your time to check out. Sóley offers up some of the songs on her Bandcamp page HERE, so give it a listen.