Formed in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2013 by Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir and Andri Már Enoksson, the duo originally got together to enter the annual Músíktilraunir contest; after writing a handful of songs, the duo entered the competition and won.
With Rán on lead vocals and synths and Már on saxophone and synths, the duo recorded their debut, Tension, with the EP's synth- and sax-laden dream pop drawing its inspirations from the likes of Air
, and Massive Attack
, while also retaining their unique Icelandic sound. Adding Ólafur Alexander Ólafsson on guitar and bass shortly after its release, the group spent time recording their follow-up, 2015's Circles, while also starting to write what would become their debut album. With most of the album written in Rán's home studio -- with its envious views across Reykjavik -- the tracks were taken to fourth member and drummer, Einar Hrafn Stefánsson's studio in a quiet part of the city. Working with producer Brett Cox (Jack Garratt
), the studio's location and its surrounding areas helped mold the sound of the final release, with its icy, dream-like pop inspired as much by artists such as the Weeknd
and the xx
. The resulting debut album, Figure, was released in 2017. ~ Rich Wilson., Rovi