Premiere: Reykjavík’s BSÍ Soothe & Stir in New Single “TAL 11” off Debut Album ‘Sometimes Depressed​.​.​.​But Always Antifascist’

BSÍ © Baldur Kristjánsson
BSÍ © Baldur Kristjánsson
A dark and dreamy wash of sound, BSÍ’s “TAL 11” is as soothing as it is stirring – a dynamic outpouring of indie rock and moody pop that rages like a tender storm.
Stream: “TAL 11” – BSÍ




A dark and dreamy wash of sound, BSÍ’s new single is as soothing as it is stirring – a dynamic outpouring of indie rock and moody pop that rages like a tender storm. Intimate, turbulent and ethereal, BSÍ dazzle on “TAL 11” as they come alive with a vivid wave of impassioned, surging dream pop.

It’s a world of sonic wonder – compelling, alluring, and deeply, deeply expressive.

Sometimes Depressed​.​.​.​But Always Antifascist - BSÍ
Sometimes Depressed​.​.​.​But Always Antifascist – BSÍ
Oh, overdone, so, half past one
Up, upside down, lay, lay lay low
Upside down, coma come
Tokyo two
Cha-chasing clouds, no, no one knows
Down, down below, spa-spacing out

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “TAL 11,” the latest single off BSÍ’s forthcoming debut album, Sometimes Depressed​.​.​.​But Always Antifascist (out May 21, 2021). The Reykjavík, Iceland-based duo of Sigurlaug “Silla” Thorarensen (drums & vocals) and Julius Pollux Rothlaender (bass guitar & toe-synths), BSÍ debuted with a self-titled three-track EP in 2018, and more recently began teasing singles off their forthcoming full-length.

Following the feverish “Dónakallalagið,” the calming and sweet “25Lue,” and the bouncy, surf punk-adjacent “Vesturbæjar Beach,” “TAL 11” showcases BSÍ’s rawer side.

BSÍ is the Reykjavík, Iceland-based duo of Sigurlaug "Silla" Thorarensen (drums & vocals) and Julius Pollux Rothlaender (bass guitar & toe-synths)
BSÍ is the Reykjavík, Iceland-based duo of Sigurlaug “Silla” Thorarensen (drums & vocals) and Julius Pollux Rothlaender (bass guitar & toe-synths)

“Imagine you find yourself lost in the maelstrom of a post-pandemic city, flooded with thoughts, left or overwhelmed by your senses, your head in the cloudy night sky,” BSÍ tell Atwood Magazine. “Distorted by a confusing surrealism at best. And then you think to yourself: It’s probably a much nicer experience to be abducted by aliens than working through overwhelming sadness. ‘TAL 11’ gently accompanies you on your trip, erratically exploring the streets of an unknown metropolis or your own gloomy dreams.”

Hollow, see-through vision
see myself walking through
A whole in my head
Or the other way around
Upside down
If I had chosen differently
Cautiously, too
Or the other way around
Coma come
If I had chosen differently
Unconsciously, too
Sometimes depressed​.​.​. - BSÍ
Sometimes depressed​.​.​. – BSÍ

Cinematic guitars swell around Silla Thorarensen’s hypnotizing voice as she brings listeners into a heart full of struggle and anxiety. “TAL 11” falls on the quiet and contemplative first half Sometimes Depressed​.​.​.​But Always Antifascist, according to the band; their record is split up between this darker side brimming with vulnerability, loss, and leaving, and a sunnier side celebrating “summer days, salty knees, and the idea of a feminist world revolution.”

Like the emotional balance we experience in our own everyday lives, BSÍ are a band of sorrow and grief, joy and euphoria. Their unique debut album showcases both sides of their sound, making “TAL 11” – and all its melancholy – just one piece of their artistry’s greater puzzle.

Nevertheless, “TAL 11” whips up a whirlwind of feeling all on its own. Existential and experiential, it’s a moving four-minute escape into a dark, dynamic daydream.

Stream BSÍ’s new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine.

Do you roam around?
Will you transfer me around?

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