“I Lie” by Soffía Björg

"I Lie" by Soffía Björg is Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day'.

Icelandic songstress Soffia Bjorg hails from rural Borgarfjordur, a fjord just up north from the Reykjavik capital. The area is characterised by barren beauty; vast and unusually green fields are cut through with rocky belts and colossal mountains. And although the many waters of Borgarfjordur appear calm, the fjord has significant undercurrents and shallows. The music of Soffia Bjorg inherits the same traits, where ethereal heart tugging beauty is interspersed with roaring, aggressive emotionality. here is her debut single “I Lie” (produced by Ben Hillier – Blur, Elbow, Graham Coxon, Nadine Shah and Depeche Mode).

Soffia Bjorg’s debut album was recorded in Iceland, at Studio Sundlaugin (‘The Swimming Pool’) a warm and atmospheric place. There she was accompanied by a crack team of fellow countrymen; guitar virtuoso Petur Ben, drummer Kristofer Rodriquez and bassist extraordinaire Ingibjorg Elsa Turchi.

The results are lived-in and dramatic, as the music draws from americana, folk and her undeniable roots described in the opening paragraph. Soffía’s deeply resounding voice enhances the proceedings, as it clearly stems from an old, wise soul – completely transcending her age.