The Faroe Islands are a small archipelago about halfway between Norway and Iceland. They’re half the size of Rhode Island, and their population is smaller than that of Ithaca, New York.
But among that 50,000-person population is the folk singer Teitur Lassen. Today he released a long-awaited album—it was recorded in 2010!—with the classical composer Nico Muhly. It’s a quirky, charming mix of songs combining Teitur’s winsome voice and Muhly’s baroque string textures; it’s also the only song I can think of that includes the words “rural electrification.”