Age is just a number? Well, not in this case: listening to Pascal Pinon, the band’s eponymous debut album, the fact that you’re dealing with a bunch of 16-year-old teenage girls is way too evident. Yet, the songs presented by Icelandic twin sisters Jófrídur and Ásthildur and their band mates Halla and Kristín are certainly not limited to the natural parameters of adolescence.
Instead, Pascal Pinon manage to turn such limitations (not enough money for better mics; lack of experience) into their very advantage, keeping their tracks short and crisp, and avoiding both the cheap slickness of campfire romanticism and the supposedly fresh edge of the next teenage hype. Pascal Pinon are all about creating a connection, the smallest possible distance between their own feelings (they’re teenagers after all) and the listeners. On their MySpace, it says”Sounds like: a whisper in your ear” for a reason.
Their s/t debut both in English and Icelandic, was independently released in Iceland and earned them a nomination for “Newcomer of the Year” at last year’s Icelandic Music Awards. It is set to be released by Morr Music on December 3rd (naturally it was their parents who signed the contract) and the girls are already busy learning new instruments and working on their sophomore LP.
Call it Nude Folk, New Romanticism or The New Shy – what matters is that Pascal Pinon, though no longer the “gang of 14-year-olds” they were when they recorded this album, are just getting started.[audio:http://www.flocked.media/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/07_Pascal-Pinon_New-Beginning.mp3]