JFDR – Airborne

Icelandic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jófríður Ákadóttir is not exactly a newbie. She has been involved in the work of great acts such as Samaris, Gangly and Pascal Pinon so far and now she’s ready to drop her debut solo album Brazil as JFDR. The full-length was recorded and co-produced in New York by legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Yoko Ono) and Airborne is the second excerpt to be shared ahead of the release, which is set in Spring. The track unravels around a brooding pace marked by crooked percussions, courtesy of Liturgy’s Greg Fox who added a little flavour to JFDR’s gentle piano chords and her ethereal vocals.

Speaking of its making, the Icelandic artist said: “Airborne’ was one of the first songs Shahzad and I recorded in New York”, says Jófríður. “One afternoon I confessed I had never played with a drummer before, so Shahzad immediately called up his friend, Liturgy drummer Greg Fox. After an hour or so of intense Casio wailing and Greg drumming so fast it was borderline droning, it was suggested that Greg had a go at this track we’d recorded earlier that day, a half written song named ‘Airborne’. It took about 10 minutes, Greg nailed it.

Watch the official black and white video for Airborne, created by Timothée Lambrecq with direction from Jófríður below.