“Farao’s subtly supernatural folk is the next big thing to come out of the fjords”
Combining wistful melodies, keyboards that quietly fizz in the backdrop of her finger-picked guitar murmurs and lo-fi bumps and whistles, all infused with a wondrous Nordic iciness, the Norwegian songstress Farao might beguile like Radiohead and haunt like PJ Harvey, but make no mistake about it – she is a bright new talent in her own right. Her debut EP was recorded in Iceland with Mike Lindsay from Brit experimenters Tunng /Cheek Mountain Thief, and Jahnsen found making the record amid the wintry scapes of Reykjavik an inspiring process. Jahnsen played almost all of the instruments across the four tracks here, carefully fashioning a gossamer bed of folk-pop sounds to lay her vocal ruminations on love, life and mortality on. It’s a listen that recalls the stripped emotionacrunch of Bon Iver, sumptuous textures of Poliça and bravery of Laura Marling.