Laufey—twenty-one year old Icelandic-Chinese singer-songwriter, musician, cellist and pianist—recently announced her forthcoming debut EP, Typical of Me, and shared a new track entitled “Best Friend“. The announcement arrived a few months after the release of her chart-topping debut single “Street By Street” which earned praise from the likes of Billie Eilish and Willow Smithon socials and hit #1 on Iceland Radio. Today, Laufey shares an absolutely adorable black and white music video for the track, featuring Laufey with her best friend and twin sister as they explore New York City. Watch the Blythe Thomas-directed video now HERE.
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.