The lifes of Ásthildur and Jófríður Ákadóttir are not only intertwined as twin sisters, but also very much through music. “We first got introduced to music through the womb”, Jóf says. Their parents were studying music at that time and at the age of fourteen the sisters started making music themselves. In 2009 they formed the band Pascal Pinon and since then have been living, touring and working together for most of the time. However, as they grew a little older, the two young women have also started to pursue their own artistic careers. Ásthildur studies to become a composer, while Jófriður plays in bands like Samaris, GANGLY and works on her solo project. Asked about their upcoming album “Sundur” Jóf reflects: “For the first time in our lives we went from living in the same house, for the most part in the same bedroom, to spending a lot of time apart, moving to different countries and travelling. In a way it’s a good thing, but it made the process more difficult – emotionally and practically.” When we meet the two in their shared apartment at their parents’ home in the first days of 2016, Jóf is already packing her bags. She is about to leave for several months and yet when Ásthildur and Jófríður perform “Jósa & Lotta”, singing about “two hearts at separate pace” and how “when one falls, both go under”, it feels like even the furthest distance can’t harm this great intimacy.
Vesturbær is a district in the west of Reykjavík. Large parts of Vesturbær are residential, but it also includes the harbour area, the University of Iceland, the home ground of football club KR and the lovely outdoor swimming pool Vesturbæjarlaug. To the west of Vesturbær lies Seltjarnarnes peninsula, eastwards is Reykjavík downtown, and to the north and south just the Arctic Ocean.