Eivør has been releasing music for some 16 years in her home country of Faroe Islands, though last week saw the release of her first commercial album in the UK.

Slør (roughly translated as ‘veils’ or ‘blurriness’) is an English-translated re-imagining of her 2015 album release of the same title, all sung in Faroese. In a further first, St Pancras Old Church was also Eivør’s debut show in the UK (aside from a short showcase at the Danish Embassy earlier this year which the 405 was fortunate enough to be present for - a showcase made even more beautiful thanks to some delicious shade thrown by the Danish Ambassador towards the UK’s buffoon of a Foreign Secretary during his introduction).

Fellow Faroese Konni Kass provided the support (read our recent interview with Konni here) and delivered stripped-back versions of her tracks from recent album Haphe; delicate synths offset by Konni’s strong vocals. As a talented multi-instrumentalist, the album itself features a variety of instruments due to Konni’s training and collaborative spirit - as often is the way on the Faroe Islands and its tight-knit community - so it was a pleasure to hear minimal reworkings of these tracks in a live setting, Konni flying solo for her support set with Eivør.


It’s very much a cliche to ascribe music from certain Scandinavian countries with geological and/or meteorological conditions ("Sigur Ros" and "glaciers" in the same sentence I believe was banned well over a decade ago). However however however; much of Eivør’s work really is evocative of a windswept, ocean-battered landscape, something that Eivør herself pointed out mid-show “it’s hard not to be influenced when you’re spent most of your life within earshot of crashing ocean waves.” Expect some strands of folk with a definitive pop-twinge, all slathered in a rich electronica.

Although the quite frankly beautiful, intimate space of St. Pancras Old Church is hundreds of miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, it does lend itself splendidly to the work of Eivør in its own beguiling way. Most tracks from the album got an airing from the three-piece; the rich, brooding textures of ‘Salt’ sounded like iamamiwhoami on valium; haunting pop. Lead track from the album, ‘Into the mist’, was delightful live - a track made in response to getting lost on an Island mountain as an 11 year old. Konni even came out for a few tracks as a back-up vocalist, once again showing the collaborative spirit of Faroe Islands music; turns out they even share names for their own songs, as they discussed prior to Eivør’s track ‘Rain’.

Eivør creates the kind of vibrant, suggestive music that will make you want to check out the next available flights to the Faroe Islands and experience the sonic textures for yourself (yes we may have gone on Skyscanner after this show). The live show here in such an appropriate setting tied a few things together for a rather memorable experience; she may not be back in the UK for a while, but for now do check out her album Slør that is out now.