Sundur

Album Review of Sundur by Pascal Pinon.

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Sundur

Pascal Pinon

Sundur by Pascal Pinon

Release Date: Aug 19, 2016
Record label: Morr Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk

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Sundur - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 85
Based on rating 8.5/10
85

In the case of Pascal Pinon, time has proved to be an unflinching dividing force. Following the release of, and supporting tour for, their second album Twosomeness, siblings Ásthildur and Jófríður Ákadóttir found themselves following different creative paths; Ásthildur taking up a degree in composition in Amsterdam and Jófríður developing and finding huge success with her other band Samaris. Not bad, considering the pair have only just entered their twenties.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

After their sophomore LP, 2013's Twosomeness, Pascal Pinon -- twin sisters Ásthildur and Jófrídur Ákadöttir -- spent significant time apart for the first time. Still teenagers, Ásthildur left to study music in Amsterdam while Jófrídur worked and toured with her other band, Saramis. The siblings reunited for Sundur, which translates to "apart," a reference to the Icelandic phrase "sundur og saman," "apart and together." The potential psychic toll of such a separation for twins can be heard on Sundur, which diverges from the fleshier arrangements and whimsical palette of their previous album.

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Drowned In Sound - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Twin sisters Jófríõur and Ásthildur Ákadóttir have been making music as Pascal Pinon since they were 14, but while their lives have pulled them in different geographical directions recently, the distance between them hasn’t diminished their desire to work together. Jófríõur has spent the past few years touring the world with her other band, Icelandic electronic trio Samaris, while Ásthildur went to Amsterdam in order to study classical piano and composition before subsequently returning to Iceland, and even though the majority of the record was recorded in just two days (with the help of their father, composer Áki Ásgeirsson), their third album, Sundur, is far from a rushed-sounding effort. 'Jósa & Lotta' lays out the sparse blueprint for much of the record - a beautifully melancholy piano line and the sisters’ harmoniously intertwined voices, with just a few ambient sounds added to reinforce the song’s natural intimacy.

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