Sóley Stefánsdóttir, icelandic singer
Sóley (Sóley Stefánsdóttir) is an Icelandic singer/pianist based in Reykjavík, Iceland. She studied composition, is a passionate piano player and started her musical career in 2006 by joining the Icelandic indie-collective Seabear. In March 2010 she released her debut EP Theater Island which was followed by her first full-length We Sink, released on September 2, 2011 - a pop record, that sounds like a dream: sweet and weird at the same time. Critical response was largely positive, with praise often aimed at the "delightful and beautiful" piano play and the delicate vocal delivery.
Thoughts on Songs with Sóley
2 years ago
Sounds to me like she s being sold as a child bride. She starts the song off by stating a contrast in their age. She s clearly affectionate with this man but she wants to escape for the following reasons: this relationship feels threatening and unfamiliar (so cold so dangerous that I can t stay), this relationship is forcing her to leave her friends and loved ones, and that she feels she is losing parts of herself such as her childhood innocence (I lose the one that I was when you told me that I could never meet my friends again). She copes with this in a clearly childish manner, by turning everything into a fairytale like setting in a dream world. Her fixation on having and building friendships also indicates her young-ness and immaturity. She describes a scene in her dream land of being taken by people and having to sacrifice her lover to escape to safety -- an ominous "him" that she feels safe with. "Take that pretty face and show me" demonstrates her bargaining for companionship in this toxic relationship through sexual performance. This is also established in "Will we ever have a baby?". She concludes the song repeating, again "take that pretty face and show me" in response to "Will you be my friend in my dream?" when it becomes clear to her that this man she is stuck with has no intention of being her friend, but rather her controlling husband. She appears to be disassociating from the reality of being taken from her family and perhaps sold into an unlawful marriage.