Icelandic artist and composer JFDR – real name Jófríður Ákadóttir – announces her signing to Houndstooth with a stunning new track called “The Orchid”. Built around a silken synths arpeggios that drift like seedlings submerged in water, the song is rife with tiny textural elements, carefully layered together. Ákadóttir’s meditative voice haunts above it, vaguely resembling Enya, an artist who is also known for writing pop music with a kind, meditative quality.
There’s nothing kinder than allowing something to unravel at its own natural course. Orchids are flowers that can grow pretty much anywhere, which feeds the sentiment that beauty can stem even from the most desolate and barren of places. According to Ákadóttir, “The Orchid” is a song about the wonders of becoming, and the thrill of starting anew, how the birth of something is always simply a single action away: “One secret away from / One promise away from / One dream a- / One kiss away from life / From a life, from another life, from another life, you know, you know.”
“I call all my songs orchids”, Ákadóttir says. “I am obsessed with the flower. It’s a very cunning flower, its beauty has led it to become the most popular plant or flower in the world. It symbolises (among other things) fertility, and I was thinking a lot about rebirth and a new beginning. Fertility, creativity, beauty and mystery are all embodied by the orchid.”
Check the gorgeous, surrealistic video below and find “The Orchid” on streaming outlets.
“The Orchid” is out on Houndstooth. Follow JFDR on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.