Presenting: Pascal Pinon

Pascal Pinon are a wonderful duo from Iceland. Comprised of twin sisters Jófrídur and Ásthildur, Pascal Pinon create deeply intimate and exquisitely charming music. The band began with the two sisters recording and playing songs at a very young age; …
By Isaac Kuehnle-Nelson

Pascal Pinon are a wonderful duo from Iceland. Comprised of twin sisters Jófrídur and Ásthildur, Pascal Pinon create deeply intimate and exquisitely charming music. The band began with the two sisters recording and playing songs at a very young age; the early works were decidedly lo-fi with the recording being done in their own bedroom. The unique bond, combined with the resplendent personalities of the sisters led to music that was both incredibly personal, and vastly creative.

Pascal Pinon are twins Jófríður and ásthildur, they write songs in their bedroom, make cassette mixtapes and collect leaves. Their sound is atmospheric, a little bit melancholic, torn between childhood dreams and adult seriousness.

Their 2013 album, ‘Twosomeness’ showed great musical depth and variation, opening on the strongly rhytmic ‘Ekki Vanmeta’ and gradually transitioning through to subtle and delicate songs like ‘The Good And Bad Things’. The album retained the charm and musical creativity of earlier albums, while introducing more interweaving lyrics, harmonies and instruments to form a deeper, more orchestral feel.

Twosomeness features more English speaking songs than previous albums, yet preserves the beautiful songs in Icelandic, with their mysterious allure to the non-Icelandic speaker. The music of Pascal Pinon has enraptured people across the globe; allowing them to go on a tour through Japan as well as several tours throughout Europe. It is an exciting time for Pascal Pinon, and we managed to interview them just before they leave for concerts in Germany and Poland.

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Twosomeness introduced larger sweeping compositions and arrangements, while still retaining the intimacy of two twins recording their music in their bedroom. Did the creative process differ between Twosomeness and the rest of your discography?

Yes definitely. on twosomeness we gave ourselves more space to be creative, and to think things over. our first album was recorded exactly as it was played live, which definitely has its charm, but this time we wanted to think further and give it all the effort we had to give.

Iceland has a rich and vibrant music scene, birthing bands like Björk and Sigur Rós; how has Iceland been in establishing yourselves and growing as a band?

The scene is small and so is the community of musicians. It is easy to get help if you seek for it and the atmosphere is very friendly and energetic. People do music for fun, for the passion and it shines through.

Your latest album was produced with the aid of Alex Somers of Sigur Ros fame, how has that relationship been?

It was great! Alex is so endlessly positive, working with him was like having super powers, anything felt possible. He opened our eyes to what made our music special and boosted it as he could. He is an excellent producer.

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image credit Pascal Pinon

 

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You are fairly young – how has fame and Pascal Pinon in general, affected your lives?

Being in this band has been a great adventure, that we are so happy to have experienced this early in our lives. it has been stressful and difficult at times but very giving and rewarding. the traveling is probably what has affected our lives what most, all our tours have been so strange and fun at the same time, it’s an experience that is very unique, each tour is so different from the other.

What inspires the music you write?

tragedies and conflicts, background noise, drinking tea with our friends, cassette tapes, old guitars, classical piano

How did you begin to play together?
We have always been playing together, singing and making joke songs. we first recorded our own albums when were were 11 years old, messing around in garage band on our mom’s macbook computer.

If people want to read more about Pascal Pinon, where can they go?
hmm.. maybe pascalpinon.com?

 

You can catch Pascal Pinon at the Dockville Festival in Hamburg on the 17th and then later at Festiwal Literacki in Sopot on the 19th.

Article Image via Lilja Birgisdottir