KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Thursday: Lay Low

photos by Michael Matynka

Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir was discovered by Cod Music in 2006 after posting a raw demo of her music onto now-obsolete MySpace. As it turns out, Cod was onto something. Under the moniker Lay Low, Sigrúnardóttir recorded and released her debut that same year. In two months, Please Don’t Hate Me went on to sell over 5,000 copies and peaked at #2 on the Icelandic music charts. Lay Low has gone on to headline shows globally, and release several more successful albums. While she’s renowned for her vocal work and guitar playing, her musical versatility includes piano, banjo, and bass, forming Lay Low into just the right puree of alt-country, folk, blues, and rock. The new album, Brostinn Strengur (meaning “broken string”), though, is a bit of a departure in that it’s sung only in Icelandic and is much more dynamic in sound.

Her set at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during KEXP’s first international broadcast as part of the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival was a hit. Although there were acoustic guitars and banjos, among other instruments, onstage, Lay Low’s sound could hardly be classified as Icelandic alt-country but was rather a rich, genre bending performance. Check out the photos below and check back on our Live Performances page to hear it for yourself.

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