Arny Margret is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from the Westfjords of Iceland. Born and raised in a small town called Ísafjörður, she attended a music school from the age of six learning to play the piano. When she was 14 she got her first guitar and spent hours and days in her bedroom teaching herself to play it, slowly reaching the confidence to write her own music.
Her music and lyrics paint beautiful and yet painful images inspired by her personal experiences and surroundings. Through her music one can almost experience how it is to live in an isolated place, surrounded by tall mountains that block the sun for a few months every year. Her music can best be described as indie folk and although Arny Margret clearly has a sound of her own, she draws influence from the likes of Adrianne Lenker, Gregory Alan Isakov, Phoebe Bridgers, Leif Vollebekk and Bon Iver.
Arny Margret was nominated as the newcomer at the Icelandic Music awards 2022.
Arny Margret has spent the last year making waves, not only in her Icelandic hometown but across Europe and the US, touring extensively, supporting Blake Mills and Pino Palladino, Leif Vollebekk, playing Newport Folk Festival, Reykjavik Calling, Iceland Airwaves and more.
She released her anticipated debut EP to critical acclaim in February and now she’s released her debut album, ‘They Only Talk About The Weather’ which was released on October 21st via One Little Independent Records.
‘They Only Talk About The Weather’ is an album of acute emotional exploration. It’s Arny’s coming-of-age journey, from writing in school, staring out of dorm room windows, being on the road, to today. With poetic proficiency and a knack for composing melodies that bury themselves deep into the subconscious, Arny writes of loneliness and existentialism with stark relatability. There’s a quiet confidence that comes from these tracks; crystal clear in their conception, completely honest, and masterfully arranged. She walks us through her relationships growing up and her realisations about other people as well as herself. We listen as she unpacks herself to a backdrop of vividly painted natural landscapes.
The album’s relationship with weather is noteworthy. Examining her surroundings is how Arny puts to words her feelings. The sparsely populated and confined Westfjord peninsula in north-western Iceland is its own character here, and the bitter but playful snow colours her deeply personal prose across the whole LP. In this sense, ‘They Only Talk About The Weather’ can be a warming comfort to those who need it most as ice forms outside and nights fall earlier in the evening.