Soley

Photo by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

It’s been quite the year for Icelandic musician Sóley, who released her much anticipated second album Ask The Deep in March, followed by a beautiful EP called Don’t Ever Listen just a few months back.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Sóley has also spend a significant part of 2015 on the road, taking her intimate live show and fantastic sense of humour to venues around Europe, as well as performing some special shows in her native Iceland.

In celebration of her album release earlier this year, we invited Sóley to share her favourite sounds from the North by curating her very own Nordic Playlist, so tune in now and delve into an exclusive interview where Sóley reveals the story behind her beautiful second record.

Discover Sóley’s favourite Nordic artists in her very own Nordic Playlist!

Returning home from her extensive tour, Sóley is now back in Iceland where the land of fire and ice is covered in snow and the Christmas spirit is growing bigger every day! So read on to find out about Sóley’s special Christmas traditions as well as hearing her tell the tale of Icelandic Christmas scamps, the Yule Lads…

Explore a Merry Icelandic Christmas with Sóley!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas time?

I think being with my family and friends is definitely the best part of it all. Oh, and drinking a lot of vegan hot chocolate!

And what would you say is the best thing about Christmas in Iceland?

While being the darkest month of all months, people put Christmas lights in windows so the world brightens up a little bit 🙂

Do you have any special traditions, that might only exist in a Sóley Christmas?

Me and my friends usually meet up on Þorláksmessa (December 23rd) in the evening and drink hot chocolate or red wine and hug each other. I love that especially because most of them live abroad.

What’s your best childhood memory of the Christmas season?

I remember one Christmas when my Dad built me a doll house. It was huge and pink and had, like, fake grass on the roof and I remember that because it was so big my parents couldn’t wrap it up so I had to close my eyes and I almost fainted when I opened my eyes and saw this beautiful DIY doll house in front of me!

We’ve very much enjoyed hearing the story of the Yule Lads – can you briefly explain who they are to Nordic Playlist fans that might not know?! And which one do you identify with the most?!

In Iceland we have 13 Yule Lads and they all like to play pranks! Their Mom is Grýla and she takes naughty children and puts them in her big bag and cooks them. Their dad is Leppalúði and they all live in the mountains.

13 nights before Christmas, each Yule Lad comes and puts something nice in children’s shoes that they put in the window. If children have been naughty they get a potato!

My favourite is Gluggagægir which means the window peeper. He would look through windows in search of things to steal.

I’m so lucky that my dad is Gluggagægir! He has been a Yule Lad since before I was born and once he even left his white glove in the window by mine and my brother’s shoes so we had to write him a letter! My dad still has that letter 🙂

What is your all time favourite Christmas song?

This is a hard one. There is a song called ‘Jólin allstaðar‘ that i really love and ‘Hátíð fer að höndum ein‘.

And finally, what are you most looking forward to for Christmas 2015?

I’m going to play with my little daughter then i’m gonna try to chill and not get crazy about buying presents. Give people time instead of gifts. It’s the only thing that life should be about!

Nordic Playlist – A Festive Winter Mix

Photo by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

It’s been quite the year for Icelandic musician Sóley, who released her much anticipated second album Ask The Deep in March, followed by a beautiful EP called Don’t Ever Listen just a few months back.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Sóley has also spend a significant part of 2015 on the road, taking her intimate live show and fantastic sense of humour to venues around Europe, as well as performing some special shows in her native Iceland.

In celebration of her album release earlier this year, we invited Sóley to share her favourite sounds from the North by curating her very own Nordic Playlist, so tune in now and delve into an exclusive interview where Sóley reveals the story behind her beautiful second record.

Discover Sóley’s favourite Nordic artists in her very own Nordic Playlist!

Returning home from her extensive tour, Sóley is now back in Iceland where the land of fire and ice is covered in snow and the Christmas spirit is growing bigger every day! So read on to find out about Sóley’s special Christmas traditions as well as hearing her tell the tale of Icelandic Christmas scamps, the Yule Lads…

Explore a Merry Icelandic Christmas with Sóley!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas time?

I think being with my family and friends is definitely the best part of it all. Oh, and drinking a lot of vegan hot chocolate!

And what would you say is the best thing about Christmas in Iceland?

While being the darkest month of all months, people put Christmas lights in windows so the world brightens up a little bit 🙂

Do you have any special traditions, that might only exist in a Sóley Christmas?

Me and my friends usually meet up on Þorláksmessa (December 23rd) in the evening and drink hot chocolate or red wine and hug each other. I love that especially because most of them live abroad.

What’s your best childhood memory of the Christmas season?

I remember one Christmas when my Dad built me a doll house. It was huge and pink and had, like, fake grass on the roof and I remember that because it was so big my parents couldn’t wrap it up so I had to close my eyes and I almost fainted when I opened my eyes and saw this beautiful DIY doll house in front of me!

We’ve very much enjoyed hearing the story of the Yule Lads – can you briefly explain who they are to Nordic Playlist fans that might not know?! And which one do you identify with the most?!

In Iceland we have 13 Yule Lads and they all like to play pranks! Their Mom is Grýla and she takes naughty children and puts them in her big bag and cooks them. Their dad is Leppalúði and they all live in the mountains.

13 nights before Christmas, each Yule Lad comes and puts something nice in children’s shoes that they put in the window. If children have been naughty they get a potato!

My favourite is Gluggagægir which means the window peeper. He would look through windows in search of things to steal.

I’m so lucky that my dad is Gluggagægir! He has been a Yule Lad since before I was born and once he even left his white glove in the window by mine and my brother’s shoes so we had to write him a letter! My dad still has that letter 🙂

What is your all time favourite Christmas song?

This is a hard one. There is a song called ‘Jólin allstaðar‘ that i really love and ‘Hátíð fer að höndum ein‘.

And finally, what are you most looking forward to for Christmas 2015?

I’m going to play with my little daughter then i’m gonna try to chill and not get crazy about buying presents. Give people time instead of gifts. It’s the only thing that life should be about!

Nordic Playlist – A Festive Winter Mix

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