Icelandic singer/songwriter Arny Margret's new EP dinner alone will be released on September 22nd, 2023 via One Little Independent Records. The follow-up to her 2022 LP they only talk about the weather, her new EP marks both a sonic and emotional shift for Margret. Lyrically, she finds comfort and confidence in complete candor, and her rich, intimate arrangements allow her to delve further into themes of self-reflection and existentialism.
“The EP is different than anything I’ve done. I push my voice more, I even scream at one point,” says Margret. "The title track is the first song I've ever actually written broadly on piano. One of the tracks is so short, and doesn’t even have a chorus, it’s not the way you’d typically write a song. One track is played with a full band–it’s so much fuller, but it’s also much more raw. Through all the tracks on the EP, I think it's about figuring something out about myself. A lot of them are about me and how I am as a person, and what I do.”
Born and raised in a small town called Ísafjörður, Margret attended music school from the age of 6, where she learned to play the piano and gradually taught herself guitar. Vulnerability and a capacity to pen vivid narratives have always been evident highlights of Margret’s music, and these strengths are sharper than ever on dinner alone. There’s a sense that within these songs, she is engaging in an earnest catharsis, allowing for a brief but poignant view into her striking self-examination. Recorded at studio Hljóðriti in Hafnarfjörður, the four tracks on dinner alone are for Arny first, and for us second.
dinner alone follows Margret’s debut 2022 LP they only talk about the weather. Since then, she’s been making waves not only in Iceland, but also across Europe and the U.S., where she has toured extensively, supporting acts such as Leif Vollebekk, Passenger, Blake Mills, Ásgeir and more, as well as playing the likes of SXSW, The Great Escape, Newport Folk Festival, Reykjavik Calling, and Iceland Airwaves.