Getting to know: Pascal Pinon

In the lead up to the Iceland Airwaves Festival Mr Wolf has decided to get better acquainted with some of the festival’s top picks.

Pascal Pinon are a charming duo hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland. The doe-eyed twin sisters, Jófríður and Ásthildur, have put their mark on the local indie music scene with tunes that are just as sweet, charming and innocent as the girls themselves. Mr Wolf caught up with Jófríður to chat about the blossoming music career of Pascal Pinon.

The sisters decided to form a band and record their first album at 14, and have since pursued their music careers with a straight-edged determination that exhibits professionalism beyond their age. They have solidified a style that is honest and personal, which has captured the hearts of many a music fan.

Their lyrics and tunes are inspired directly by their lives, which is probably why Pascal Pinon are often thought of as adorable and carefree. However there are hints, especially in their newest album Twosomeness (Morr Music), that their music is growing up with them. There is a new level of maturity in this album that reflects the girls’ growth in musical experience and life experience.

Both Jófríður and Ásthildur are trained musicians and their skill-sets have grown dramatically since their first, self-titled album. They certainly take their music education seriously, with Ásthildur soon to go abroad to pursue her piano studies. This determination to build their careers, and dedication to their craft, seems to be paying off.

Jófríður attributes their success to “a mixture of being passionate about what we do and being very lucky”. That is, not to mention that the girls are able to maintain a very honest and open artistic relationship because of the strength of their friendship as sisters.

Pascal Pinon will be performing at Iceland Airwaves in October this year. Until then, Jófríður and Ásthildur, can be found writing and recording music in their bedrooms, or spending some down time with their friends, hidden away in one of Reykjavík’s many coffee houses.

Jófríður says…

Our music sounds like…a whisper in your ear.
We make music because…it can make you cry.
The best advice I was ever given was…nothing worth doing is ever easy.
When I grow up I want to be…the owner of a beautiful house.
Happiness is…within.
I can’t live without…tea.


Words: Annie Ferguson