Teasing new music with last year’s glacial, Blanket Of Sorrow, the lovely Nordic duo When ‘Airy Met Fairy are back with news of their second album, Esprit De Corps out May 8th, ahead of that they’ve just released a beautiful cover of Rufus Wainwright’s Going To A Town. We like it a lot – breathing new life and mystique into their murky, beats-led rendition.
Here’s the band’s Thorunn Egilsdottir on the upcoming album: “To me this album captivates the essence of who we are as people. No attempt to embellish anything. We left the sounds of me breathing and Mike’s instruments rattling while we switch between intensity and intimacy.”
We’re very intrigued by these two and looking forward to hearing the album, so we thought it was time we got to know them better. Here’s what they had to say:
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
Mike: We are WHEN ‘AIRY MET FAIRY and we do music for music lovers.
You guys have a very interesting name where did that come from?
Thorunn: I was having sushi and a lot of sake with my friends. This band name is , therefore, the outcome of a very silly evening.
Mike: I had nothing to say in it. I still love the name.
Why should we listen to When Airy Met Fairy?
Mike: because you might feel a tiny little nostalgic ache in your heart.
Thorunn: And it might hurt in a good way.
Who are you biggest musical influences?
Thorunn: Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Tom York, Bjork.
Mike: Nick Cave and the bad seeds are my all-time favourites.
Thorunn: I once ate next to Nick and his wife during my stay in LA two years ago.
Mike: I’m so jealous!
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
Thorunn: You learn so many sides about yourself and you have to be a team player, if you’re not, you’re killing it.
Mike: Being on stage is for me the best part about being a musician.
And the worst?
Mike: Having to be present on social media and post regularly is really the worst part about being in a band. Feeding the curiosity of people should not be part of a musician’s life. But if you don’t, you’re not alive. Well at least not digitally.
Thorunn: Touring is the worst part for me. Especially when you sleep in shitty hotels.
Spotify – a blessing or a curse?
Mike: As a teenager I saved all my money to buy one album at a time, the choice was difficult as there were so many great bands. I knew the songs by heart, because I listened to them over and over again. Today we have lost this side of albums. I feel people might know the melody but often don’t even know who they’re listening to.
Thorunn: Spotify is the answer to how the world works today, we have to adapt to it. It is the chance to be discovered by many, but you have to be f….g Beyoncé Knowles if you want to make some money out of it
Tell us about your new single, Going to a Town. What made you decide to do a cover?
Thorunn: I told Mike I absolutely want to cover this beautiful version of Rufus Wainwright’s many gems. I was surprised when I heard that he hadn’t heard it (as we have the same musical taste).
Mike: For me it was very exciting to hear the original after we had finished recording our version.
Very cool video too, although we’re very intrigued about the video for your previous video, Under The Snow. Can you tell us what’s going on?!
Thorunn: Thanks! It’s about the delirious journey of a man slowly going insane. In a sad and happy kind of way.
Mike: We love bad taste parties and this was the perfect occasion to invite some badly dressed party animals.
Your second album is coming out soon, what can people expect?
Mike: WHEN ‘AIRY MET FAIRY pouring their hearts out.
Thorunn: Heartfelt bass and trip hop drum beats underlining my vocals. Someone said its perfect imperfection. I kind of like that description.
Finally what advice would you give someone starting out in music?
Mike: whatever you do, never stop. It’s only over when it’s over.
Thorunn: Be yourself and don’t try to please anyone. Making music is so much more rewarding when you build your own world.