From Iceland — The Grapevine's New Music Picks: Árný Margrét, Possimiste and ZAAR

The Grapevine’s New Music Picks: Árný Margrét, Possimiste and ZAAR

Published January 28, 2022

The Grapevine’s New Music Picks: Árný Margrét, Possimiste and ZAAR
Photo by
John Pearson

This week: a new song from emerging folk star Árný Margrét, a new collaborative video from stargirl Possimiste and a new song from ZAAR, (erm…. which rhymes with “star”!).

These little beauties—and so many more brought to you by The Grapevine over the past twelve months—are available in our New Music Picks 2021-22 playlist.

Árný Margrét – Akureyri

Acoustic guitar, voice, and the faintest of piano are the ingredients in this fragile indie number about the unraveling of love. Árný Margrét makes the bold choice of writing a song whose chorus is almost indistinguishable from the verses, but the result is a poem set to the sparsest of music. It’s no surprise that the buzz around her is growing, and if this single is any indication, listeners can expect much bigger things to come. ASF

Possimiste and Analogrunner – Haze of Sirens / Paradise

This new live video features Possimiste—The Grapevine’s favourite earth-visitor from the Sirius star system—in collaboration with Slovakian musician Analogrunner. They’re playing a live session on the roof of some sort of industrial unit at a Slovakian music festival, for reasons best known to the festival promoter I imagine. But the two tracks performed are corkers, and are the first live versions of each song to be released. Get your serious Sirius sounds here! JP

ZAAR- Organize (Organ Version)

The most remarkable thing about this track is how a simple electric organ can end up being so lush and full. As the song progresses, new layers of keyboards are gently added, like snow falling softly on top of more snow.

The artist says this track was inspired by a time when they were rootless, newly returned from Denmark, and that “having access to an electric organ in this unrooted time allowed me to find home in the scarcity of sound.” That certainly stands out in this deceptively unsettling track. Good stuff. ASF

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