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How jazz-sensation Laufey turned lockdown into a world tour: The Icelandic artist's untold story

By Natalie Salmon

Wool shag jacket, Knitted earpiece. Both Thelma Gunnarsdóttir. Photo: Saga Sig

While many spent lockdown baking sourdough or knitting, Laufey spent it becoming a superstar. The Icelandic-Chinese artist’s signature sound – bedroom pop seeped gorgeously, unexpectedly in jazz – has seen her grow from TikTok darling to stopped-on-the-street famous. As she prepares to release her second album, we meet with Laufey to unravel her singular origin story