It’s a few days before Christmas when we meet Sóley in her backyard studio in Reykjavík. In this faint winter light it feels like the neighbourhood has not yet emerged from slumberland. Only a cat is out in the streets, scampering along thick ice, licking its paws when they turn cold. In this harsh, but peaceful setting Sóley – tucked away in a garage – creates her own small universe. Amidst notes, photos, letters and drawings she writes and records her songs. Although Sóley has been thinking about moving somewhere else, just a bit further South to a city like Berlin, she never did. Eventually she made her own arrangements with the long and dark winter in Iceland and works on her music a lot. While Sóley performs the new song “Wedding”, snow starts to fall outside. However, after every winter comes spring and with a serene smile Sóley sighs: “We’re so easy to forget. We forgive the weather.”
Norðurmýri is a small and charming residential neighbourhood just east of Reykjavík’s city center. It was constructed in the 1930s as a reaction to the city’s rapid population growth. The concrete houses were designed by Iceland’s state architect Guðjón Samúelsson, who is well known for designing the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, the University of Iceland or the beautiful Sundhöllin swimming pool, which is just a stone’s throw away from Norðurmýri neighbourhood. Other notable places nearby include Hlemmur bus station and Kjarvalsstaðir museum.