Laufey—twenty-one year old Icelandic-Chinese singer-songwriter, musician, cellist and pianist—shares a new single today off of her forthcoming debut EP. “Magnolia,” a love letter to women who don’t recognize their own beauty and strength, is the latest offering from Typical of Me. Out on April 30th, the EP also features Laufey’s breakout, chart-topping single “Street By Street” which earned praise from the likes of Billie Eilish and Willow Smith on socials and hit #1 on Iceland Radio, and “Best Friend” which has already seen support from the likes of several media outlets.
The BBC has announced that Laufey will present a new music series for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds. A twelve-episode mood-music series entitled “Happy Harmonies with Laufey,” the series is announced alongside another series with Lianne La Havas, and both begin on Saturday, April 10th on BBC Sounds.
Laufey, who spent much of her childhood living in Reykjavik, was inspired by classical and jazz music from a young age and performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. Despite her love of the music that acted as her musical foundation, she yearned to express herself with music that blended her classical background with her more modern influences. She began to collaborate with her peers at Berklee College of Music, and recorded her debut single “Street By Street” the day before campus was shut down due to COVID-19. Making the most of lockdown, she decided to proceed with self-releasing the single on her social media. The song, in addition to performance videos she posted of the song and covers, quickly went viral. Soon, Laufey’s first-ever single, which showcases Laufey’s intoxicating and unique blend of sophisticated jazz melodies and slow-burning R&B grooves, would hit #1 on the Icelandic Radio Charts and earn her a massive following.
Typical of Me is an utterly charming debut from an incredibly promising and gifted young artist that suggests the best is yet to come. Pre-order Typical of Me, out April 30th, HERE.
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