Reykjavík based singer songwriter Jelena Ciric released her debut single Lines on November 6, taken from her EP, Shelters One, which came out later in November 27, out via Icelandic label Paradís Sessions. The Fountain caught up with Jelena about the new music and plans for the year.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Shelters One?
The EP was released on November 27, but the first single Lines came out November 6 and the reception to that has been great. It’s been on Icelandic radio quite a lot – Iceland is my adopted home so it’s really nice to hear my music on the national radio here. I’m grateful for the support.
TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?
It’s a matchbox – each song briefly lights up an intimate moment.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Without giving too much away, I may be working toward another release. Also connecting with listeners in whatever ways are possible – social media, streaming, writing letters by hand. I’ll do anything, I miss playing live for people.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Any venue is great if there’s an audience that listens. I had the privilege of a great audience at Iðnó in Reykjavík recently, it’s an old theatre that overlooks a pond downtown. You can hear the geese honking from the stage – quaint and cozy, always full of atmosphere. I would love to gig in the UK, hope to play some shows there as soon as it’s possible!