Ethereal. The word haunts nearly every description of Sindri Már Sigfússon’s work as Sing Fang. And with good reason. Over his previous two albums (the first released when he was still sporting the jumbled name Sin Fang Bous), the Icelandic musician has explored music at its most delicate, piecing together lush layers of folk, pop and orchestral instrumentation. Recording every part in his Reykjavik studio, Sigfússon created an air of otherworldly intimacy—and certainly did his part to contribute to the idealized vision of Iceland that so many music fans carry with them.
No less beautiful than its predecessors, there’s a notable shift in tone to the newest Sin Fang offering, Flowers. Alongside producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Pascal Pinon), Sigfússon has created an album that splits the difference between forest and the city; its airy orchestration rounded out with chants, shiny pop choruses and a touch of down and dirty garage rock. The result is a mature, polished homage to teenage confusion that never looses its sense of fun.
We chatted with Sigfússon about the process of getting in touch with his inner teen, the crooked path he took to becoming a musician, and why he’ll always see the glass as half full. Sin Fang’s new album Flowers is out February 19 via Morr Music. (via Sin Fang is All Grown Up | MTV IGGY)