sad songs

I would always write songs about happy things and keep my dirty laundry to myself. I was brought up so self-sufficient and happy and to never complain. Icelandic people are so furiously optimistic that it’s aggressive. So for me to write songs that are not happy is a bit abhorrent You feel ashamed about it. The first unhappy song I wrote was ’Possibly Maybe.’ That was very hard for me. Usually I write all the time, but that was like nothing happened for months. Then the song came out. I was ashamed writing a song that was not giving hope.

Raygun, September 1997