Search The Line of Best Fit
Search The Line of Best Fit
Hildur 2 Photo credit Vaka Njals

Award-winning Icelandic popstar Hildur debuts self-actualised anthem "1993"

27 February 2019, 10:00 | Written by Pip Williams

Icelandic starlet Hildur wears many hats, working as a songwriter, lyricist, and classical cellist alongside her blossoming career in pop music.

Latest release "1993" is a laid-back yet nonetheless anthemic track glazed with softly twinkling keys and Hildur's steadfast, determined vocal. It picks up towards a final chorus, erring on the side of minimalism rather than lunging for any bombastic bells and whistles. It's obviously a great pop song – but it does make you stop and think: how many terrible pop songs are out there trying to obscure their own inadequacies with overblown production? "1993" stands proud in its simplicity, showing that a well-written melody and narrative needs little else to elevate it to near-perfection.

Despite having netted Pop Song of the Year (for "I'll Walk With You") and Newcomer of the Year at 2017's Icelandic Music Awards and vying to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest, Hildur still has an enduring love for punk, a genre dear to a surprising percentage of the population in her home country. Previously, she's told us about how the hardcore scene's "raw expression" has influenced her own music, despite the chasm of difference in genre. "1993" is no exception, tapping into Hildur's honest reflections on her childhood dreams and the journey towards self-belief. The track ties into her #TrustYourself campaign, which seeks to provide women in the music industry with a positive role model through her own platform.

"'1993' is an autobiographical anthem of my childhood," Hildur explains. "It was when I was five that I realized my dream was to create, tell stories, and stand on stage. The hook – 'when I grow up I wanna be me' – came to me as I realised I had really became the person the five-year-old me wanted to be and was doing all the things I had dreamt of, without really giving myself the credit. This song is my journey and all the loopholes and fallbacks it took, all the disbelief but passion I experienced, all the insecurity and the creativity – which is me.So if my five-year-old self could hear one song from the future, I would want it to be this one. And I hope someone else on their journey to become themselves can relate."

"1993" is out now via AntiFragile Music, and Hildur's forthcoming Intuition EP is due out this summer.
Share article

Get the Best Fit take on the week in music direct to your inbox every Friday

Read next