SONY has decided to get itself a little of the modern compositional pie and to that end, has set up a new progressive instrumental label, XXIM Records; which has opened its catalogue by introducing its first signing, Icelandic pianist and composer Eydís Evensen.
To mark the label’s launch, she’s released her debut single, “Brotin”, the video for which you can watch below.
“Brotin” is a first glimpse into Eydís’ world, and takes the form of a solo instrumental piece for piano – composed, she says, at a time of personal vulnerability. The song is accompanied by a video created by Eydís and acclaimed photographer and fellow countrywoman Anna Maggý.
Eydís explains: “Brotin” represents my most vulnerable emotional state. My good friend Anna and I developed the concept for the video in relation to the feelings that “Brotin” reflects: isolation, a sense of being emotionally overwhelmed, and of essentially being broken.”
Maggý says: “It felt surreal shooting this music video during the darkest, roughest and coldest hours of wintertime in Iceland, and this added to the suffocating solitude.”
“Brotin” was actually the final piece Eydís composed for her debut album, Bylu, which will be released by XXIM. The album takes its name from the Icelandic word for snowstorm, and is reflective of both the impact that the nature and weather had upon her as a child growing up in the north of Iceland and her subsequent emotional response to years spent travelling.
“All of the pieces represent moments from my life,” Eydís summates. “So many ups and downs: all of my joy, darkness, happiness, heartbreak and melancholia.”