Icelandic’s exciting synth-pop duo East Of My Youth – Herdís Stefánsdóttir + Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir – share heavenly fetching tune ‘Broken Glass’ (out now via West Of My Future Ltd.).
Hello East Of My Youth! Please introduce yourselves:
Herdis: EOMY are Herdis Stefansdottir and Thelma Marin Jonsdottir.
Thelma: I’m an artist from Reykjavík, living in Los Angeles. Being challenged every day to step out of my comfort zone and dare to do more.
Your new single ‘Broken Glass’ an absolute banger! What’s it all about?
Herdis: It was written quickly on a summer day in Berlin. It is playful and quirky. Time is passing, just seize the moments and have fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Thelma: I guess it’s about a moment in time where something happens and if you leave your head out of it and allow it to flow there is almost a definite result it’s going to be good.
The video is also amazing! How did the swimming pool theme come about?
Herdis: the swimming pool was in front of my house in Brooklyn. It was such a fantastic and beautiful location that we figured it would be great for shooting a music video. We are super happy with the collaboration with Ugla Hauks, who directed the video. She is in my opinion one of the most exciting up and coming directors from Iceland.
Thelma: Ugla Hauks is an amazing Icelandic director. She recently graduated from Columbia University and this stunning video is just a beautiful stepping stone for this crazy talent.
What’s the music scene like in Iceland at the minute? Any artists you’d recommend?
Herdis: It’s great as always. Hip hop is dominating the Icelandic scene right now but there are some great acts. I recommend JFDR, Ayia, the new Mammút record…
Thelma: There is always something interesting going on, if it’s not good it’s at least interesting. I love my friends in Ayia, the solo artist JFDR and the Iceland based artist IDK is doing some really interesting stuff that has just come out.
Who are your biggest influences?
Herdis: The people around me.
Thelma: David Bowie. He was just the coolest in every way.
You’ve been compared to Anna Of the North, would you say that’s a fair comparison?
Herdis: I just learnt about Anna Of The North. She’s great but I don’t think her sound resembles EOMY’s sound at all. It’s a very different production and the vocals are different as well. But I guess I’m a bit biased 😛
Thelma: Oh really? Didn’t know. Yeah I guess there are elements that I can detect that we share but still think we have a different groove going on. But I guess I’m not really the best person to judge.
Any live dates coming up?
Thelma: We’re releasing another single and a video before the end of this year and then an EP is planned for a release early next year!
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
Herdis: I’m writing a lot of music at the moment. Writing for commercials and short films and a new record as well.
Thelma: Enjoying my new life in California and just keep on writing music and doing art on all mediums possible!