Johnny Cash could be heard crooning in the background as Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir and I sat huddled in a dark corner at Webster Hall. The coincidence was striking. Lovísa is increasingly well known as Lay Low and though she may be a shy, soft-spoken Icelander, the influence of classic American blues and folk music rings loud and clear in her songs.
“I had this phase where I just collected so many great old country records, like the ones that everyone knows like Patsy Cline, like Johnny Cash,” she says, acknowledging the song playing overhead, “They’re all very known in Iceland. And I just really liked the sound, the soundscape, the way, I don’t know, how it could sound so big and also so…quiet.” … <<keep reading>>