This week we are crushing on icelandic musicians Salóme Katrín, RAKEL & ZAAR and their newest split album release “While We Wait”! They found one another while all studying music in Reykjavík in 2018, at the tail-end of normal life-as-we-knew-it and have since been inseparable. As the young artists are all fiercely dedicated to music, - performing, pondering, discussing, creating and listening! - so is their union. And so is their output.
They’ve all made themselves known in recent years through various performances and releases. ZAAR released her debut EP, Lost My Sense of Humour, in 2019, Salóme Katrín’s Water followed in 2020, with RAKEL’s Nothing Ever Changes closing the trilogy of EPs in 2021. All three were well received on all fronts, with newfound fans and long-time supporters all clamouring for more. So they decided to make one together: While We Wait.
Having appeared on each others’ releases or performances in recent years While We Wait - a seven song split album due out on February 25th - marks the trio’s first collaborative effort in the field of music.
Leading up to the album's release, each one of them released a single. They kicked it off with Salóme Katrín’s euphoric indie rock number, The Other Side on January 14th. That earthquake was fittingly followed by an emotional and gloomy aftershock from ZAAR, entitled Organize (organ version) on January 28th. Then, true equilibrium was attained with the release of RAKEL’s velvety shoegaze ballad -Something on February 11th.
The three describe the track, While We Wait, as an opening into the world they’ve crafted for one another, a place for creation, exploration and joy, a place where everything is possible by merely using the tools you have nearest at each given moment - an old guitar, a dear friend who plays the accordion, an electric organ or simply the sound of your own voice.
“While We Wait is a very special project to all of us. It gave us a platform to invent and explore our sound as we didn’t feel weighed down by our own expectations. Working together brought a sense of safety and creative freedom which we will forever treasure.”
Their addictive and youthful energy is creating incredible fresh indie-rock tracks and we can’t wait to hear more from SKRZ!