Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Musical Motivation: Thorunn Egilsdottir

Thorunn Egilsdottir is one half of Nordic pop duo When 'Airy Met Fairy. With their sophomore album, Esprit de corps, out today, the duo continue to show their ability to take a pop sound and add in a magically ethereal dimension. To celebrate it's release, we caught up with Thorunn to find out what songs make her...


"Time Of My Life" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack makes me smile because the melody is positive and uplifting. In my mind, I keep replaying the romantic scenes with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and I feel nostalgic about the past. At the same time, I'm happy in the now and hopeful about the future. The past, now and future are reunited in one song. Strong stuff!


"Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead makes me think about life and how we all are connected. No one can go through life without going through rough times. That's when we feel alone. But Thom Yorke makes me feel connected. His voice tells me that he has suffered (like me) and now he is humming a lullaby into my ears. So soothing.


"Lover You Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley makes me cry because he brilliantly portrays missed love. Every time I hear this song I feel sad that he is dead. He is not able to enrich this world with new musical gems.


The first time I heard "I Saw A Tiger" by Tiger King I laughed so loud, I almost peed my pants. It's hilarious. I honestly think Joe Exotic has a ghost singer, cause while watching the Netflix documentary I only heard this high-pitched Mickey Mouse voice. How can the deep country voice from "his" songs possibly be his? I'm a huge Tiger King fan now though and we have dedicated a cover version to Tiger King.

Want to work out

There are many songs that make me want to work out. I horse ride, play tennis and jog. It's only during jogging that I can listen to music really. "Vid spilum endalaust" by Sigur Rós and "It's The Little Things We Do" by The Zutons make me feel energetic and run a little bit faster.


"Spirit of Eden" by Talk Talk is one of the most brilliant albums ever. Whenever I listen to this piece of art, I get this overwhelming feeling of gratitude for being alive. I'm so amazed by the great artists that the world has known and Mark Hollis is one of them.


"Playground Love" by Air is one of the most relaxing songs that I have ever heard. I love how it never gets boring. Very few songs can manage to stay relevant throughout the decades. This one can.

Feel Determined

"Kiss off" by Violent Femmes makes me feel fearless. This is a great song to listen to before telling your boss off or slapping an arrogant idiot in his or her face. Rock'n'roll baby!


"Sledgehammer "by Peter Gabriel will stay a classic forever. I danced to it as a kid, I danced to it as a teenager, I dance to it now and I most likely will dance to it when I'm flirting with another senile senior on Miami beach when I'm 66.