Artist Playlist: A Dreamy Autumn with Elín Sif - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Artist Playlist: A Dreamy Autumn with Elín Sif

Artist Playlist: A Dreamy Autumn with Elín Sif

Published October 25, 2019

Lea Müller
Main photo by
Dominika Milek

This autumn is a busy time for young singer-songwriter Elín Sif, best known for her up-beat indie-pop tune “Make You Feel Better.” She’s about to drop her debut album as well as play her first Iceland Airwaves gig. Nevertheless, Elín Sif carved out some time to tell us about her personal all-time favourite tracks. Presenting: A playlist dedicated to daydreaming.

Jerry Williams – Babe
I discovered the song “Babe” a couple of months ago and was instantly captivated by it, as well as by the writer Jerry Williams. She is a young singer-songwriter from England who wrote this song unsigned, among many other great ones. It’s so minimalistic and simple in a way that is hard to achieve. There is only one instrument playing—a guitar that is accompanied by her dreamy voice echoing with a bit of reverb. While being rather ambiguous, I get the sense that the lyrics are coming from a very honest and personal place. Everything about this song is candid and clean. When I listen to it, I always feel like she is in the room with me, playing a small gig and almost improvising with her guitar.


LAUREL – Life Worth Living

LAUREL is another talented singer-songwriter from England of whom I am a big fan. The song “Life Worth Living” is from her amazing album ‘DOGVIOLET.’ Her music is often labeled as chamber pop because of her rock-inspired sound. Her husky voice and lush lyrics mixed with electronic indie-pop production are addictive. I feel like I’m always in the mood for this song.

L’Impératrice – Erreur 404
“Erreur 404” is my favourite song by my favourite french band L’impératrice. Their music is a mix of electronic pop and disco. I love the delicate and effortless style of the lead singer’s vocals. This song has such a fun sound and many layers of hooks and riffs that make it always interesting.

Beach House – Space Song
“Space Song” is very special to me because my best friend introduced it to me a couple of years back. We went to see Beach House perform in London last year and it was an amazing experience. “Space Song” is a dreamy and addicting track that is strangely easy to get lost in.

Emilíana Torrini – Thinking Out Loud
I wasn’t sure which track I wanted to include last in this playlist but I knew I had to mention at least one by the iconic Emilíana Torrini. As for many other people, her album ‘Fisherman’s Woman’ is on the top of my list of all-time favorite albums. There are very few things that come as close to perfection in my mind. I’ve been listening to the song “Thinking Out Loud” in heavy rotation ever since I was a young teenager. The melody is so beautiful and the repetitive structure of the chorus gets me every time.

Catch Elín Sif at Airwaves on November 7th, 19:50-20:30 at Fríkirkjan.

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