PAS­CAL PINON

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON- LEA

Ice­landic twins ásthildur and Jófríður ákadót­tir (who is also a mem­ber of Sa­maris) re­leased their de­but al­bum in their teens, and even though they have taken the band name from the Mex­i­can two-headed freak­show act of the early 1900s, there is noth­ing odd about them. Rather, they make the kind of mu­sic that’s typ­i­cal of some Ice­landic mu­si­cians: sim­plis­tic, scenic, lay­ered, of­ten breath­tak­ingly pretty. They ad­mit to be­ing in­flu­enced by Bjork and Te­gan & Sara, but there’s much more to Pas­cal Pinon and Sun­dur. Na­tive el­e­gant folk-pop looms large (fel­low all-fe­male group, Ami­ina, is a far clearer ref­er­ence point), and across songs that have lit­tle more than pi­ano, loops, and oc­ca­sional clinks of scrap metal, the sis­ters man­age to con­struct a min­i­mal sound­scape that is part sad dream, part ten­der magic. pas­calpino.com

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