Icelandic singer Elíza M. Geirsdóttir Newman released her first solo album in her home country this week entitled Empire Fall. The album will be released overseas on October 1 and Elíza will follow it up with a tour, at home and abroad.
Empire Fall contains 11 songs written and arranged by the singer. She is accompanied by Icelandic artists Gudmundur Pétursson, bass and guitar, Helgi Svavar Helgason, drums, and Birgir Baldursson, drums. Apart from providing vocals, Elíza also plays piano and the violin.
Elíza, who has been compared to the singer Nico and is known to be inspired by Kate Bush and the band Blondie, sings about independence, loss, homesickness and a showdown. The album is released by her own label Lavaland Records.
The singer was only 16 when she first entered the Icelandic music scene as the lead singer of the band Kolrassa Krókrídandi which she had founded with her class mates from Keflavík. The girl band won the young talent competition Músíktilraunir in 1992.
In 1998 they re-branded themselves as Bellatrix and move to the UK where they made a contract with the record label Fierce Panda. Bellatrix released two albums and toured the UK, warmed up for Coldplay and performed at the Reading music festival in 2000.
In 2002 Elíza enrolled to a postgraduate course in opera singing in London and founded the rock band Skandinavia under influence from her studies. The band released one album and two singles between 2003 and 2005.