A Song About LGBT emigration
The fourth track "Útistongd" (Excluded) on ELIN BRIMHEIM HEINESEN's latest
album will be released as single on iTunes and Spotify, Friday September 14th.
ELIN BRIMHEIM HEINESEN is a Faroese singer and songwriter, who has been an active music artist on the Faroese music scene since the seventies. She is a soloist but has performed with several other artists from time to time – the co-work with Faroese composer/producer Kári Jacobsen being the most well-known, with whom she published their debut album NALJA in 1988, and the co-work with the band Ad Libitum with whom she published the album “Yndisløg” (Treasured Songs) in 2010.
Her long-awaited solo-album "Handan stjørnurnar" (Beyond the Stars) was released this summer on July 7th 2018. It is in fact her debut album as a soloist and contains 12 tracks written and composed by her-self.
The song “Útistongd” is the fourth single from the album, following the singles "Søti mín" (my Sweetheart), "Tú vart altíð har" (You Were Always There) and "Landið handan stjørnurnar" (The Land Beyond the Stars). It will be available on iTunes and Spotify Friday September 14th. The song lasts 3 minutes and 46 seconds and the style of the song is folk-pop.
Played a lot of folk music in the 70's
In her younger years in the 70'ies when Elin went to high-school she wrote a lot of folk songs. She played together with other students, especially Ívar Bærentsen, later known for playing in the band Spælimenninir í Hoydølum. They went, for instance, on a tour in Scotland, Orkneys and Shetland with Spælimenninir and others. Elin was also quite active in Havnar Jazzfelag (The Jazz Club in Tórshavn), where she was a board member for some years and played at concerts - folk songs, blues and jazz. It was around this time that Elin wrote the song "Útistongd".
"Útistongd" tells the story about why LGBT's left the Faroes back in the days
This is what Elin says about the song: - I wrote this song when I was quite young. It was about two male friends I had, who felt excluded by society and felt they had to leave the Faroes because of that. The song could just as well be about anyone who for some reason feels excluded. My two friends were in love and were afraid of society's judgment and the treatment they expected, if they dared to show their love for one another openly. The Faroese society wasn't very tolerant by then and homosexuals were not treated well, if they were open about
their sexuality, so most of them chose to leave the Faroe Islands - often feeling grief, because they loved their home country and knew they would miss it deeply. Fortunately, things have changed for the better nowadays. But it is important to remember how conditions once were for the LGBT community to make sure it will never be like that again.
Released on the following formats:
Digitally as stream and download on all major digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music etc.). See the player below, where you can listen to snippets of the tracks.
This track is also found on the CD 'Handan Stjørnurnar' by Elin Brimheim Heinesen.