Pascal Pinon – Pascal Pinon

January 01, 1970

(Morr Music)


Fresh as flowers with dew still clinging to the stems, this debut
album from a pair of Icelanders distills extreme youth into an elixir of
sweetness, transparency and light. The two girls, Jófríður and Ásthildu, were
14 when they started playing together, and they sound it. Here on this charming
collection of songs, they trade whispered confidences and wry self-deprecation
with one another, their voices light and uninflected with vibrato.


Pascal Pinon’s songs have a folky, confessional tone to them, though
if you don’t speak Icelandic, you’ll be in the dark as to exactly what’s being
admitted in most of the songs. Halfway through, the girls break into lightly
accented English, their voices twining together in sweetly acerbic couplets. “I
Wrote a Song,” one of two English-language entries, is about another song, a
love song now so embarrassing that the girls wish that they had never set it
down to paper. It’s an engaging moment, a glimpse at mid-teen crises you might
have forgotten about by now. The song is light and breezy but seems to contain in
translucent procession:  a blush, a
giggle hid by the hand, a flirtatious glance extended, then withdrawn, and a sudden,
intense humiliation at having felt things so strongly.


You don’t want to overdress tunes this slight and ephemerally pretty. A
tinkle of bells, a meandering pipe, a strum and jangle of guitars is all that’s
needed to set them off.    A strand of melancholy weaves through their
bright, unconflicted tones, reminding us that no matter how pretty or how
talented these young girls are, growing up is never easy, never simple.


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