the paradís sessions:
árný is no stranger, having taken part in our 2017 sumar series. we´ve seen her and band countless times in various guises around the city, as she continues to grow as a performer. on each occasion we're touched by something special, so it was an easy decision to invite her back with her debut album recently released.
living in reykjavík, but from the tiny village of kirkjubæjarklaustur - on the south coast of ísland - árný comes with a natural gift for songwriting. and we will never tire of her delicate, hearfelt vocal punching gently over a good acoustic guitar backing.
for session #2 we took to the outside, and in particular, the pier at skarfabakki harbour - a small harbour mainly servicing the boat to the island of viðey.
perched on the rocks, sun gazing down on us, wind whistling as strongly as the birds. what an afternoon. the set-up was simple, árný on vocal, brother siggy on guitar, and perhaps, even the humming waves of the sea providing ensemble accompaniment.
'nowhere i'd rather be' is certainly a poignant title for this occasion, let alone the song. albeit for having to squint for the sun, this moment was perfect. maybe it's because we were under the bright blue skies, but there was something about árný's performance here, when performed out in the open air, that made it feel so much bigger. and affect us even more strongly.
you could certainly even close your eyes and be somewhere else, anywhere, if you'd choose. but what a terrible error that would have been, to miss out on this.
"my mind always wandered to this moment I experienced, at the beginning of this summer...an hour away from reykjavík, mountains on one side, sea on the other... and I experienced, just, like, this feeling of freedom, and I was really aware of how much life has to offer."