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For Now I Am Winter

Olafur Arnalds , n/a , Arnor Dan , Nico Muhly Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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listen  5. Arnalds: Words Of Amber 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Arnalds: Hands, Be Still 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Arnalds: Only The Winds 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Arnalds: We (Too) Shall Rest 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Arnalds: This Place Was A Shelter 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Arnalds: Carry Me Anew 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Arnalds: For Now I Am Winter (Nils Frahm Rework) 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Dan: For Now I Am Winter (Kiasmos Mix) 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows. Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international ... Read more in Amazon's Ólafur Arnalds Store

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  • Performer: Arnor Dan, Nico Muhly
  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Olafur Arnalds
  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Classics
  • ASIN: B00B5DWI2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The major label debut of Icelandic composer Olafur Arnaldss features 12 original breathtaking surreal tracks.

On this album, composer Nico Muhly provided orchestral arrangements, and for the first time Arnalds introduces vocals to his soundworld. Icelandic singer Arnor Dan can be heard on four tracks.

Fresh off lauded performances at Iceland Airwaves, including an intimate KEXP live broadcast performance, Arnalds continues to steadily build a reputation as one of the worlds most bright and able young composers. On his past outings and last studio album ...And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, the basis was almost always piano and strings with electronic embellishments. Now the dynamic has shifted, with Arnalds thinking in terms decidedly more poppy than before. I think its by far the best thing Ive done. Im really happy that I made this decision to try something different.

The concept of evolution and seasonal change is one which has been ever-present in his music. Here it continues both musically and conceptually - a personal evolution as a composer and, for the first time, as a songwriter.

Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, Arnalds is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the26-year-old, has put his name to a variety of projects. Since 2009 he has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, ITVs upcoming drama Broadchurch and the Vanessa Hudgens-starring feature film Gimme Shelter, as well as having tracks featured on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. Hes also released two EPs each composed in a week; Found Songs in 2009 and Living Room Songs in 2011.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The world of Ólafur Arnalds expands April 12, 2013
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For those who have been following the recordings and performances of Icelandic composer and artist Ólafur Arnalds ths new recording will bring some surprises. Though only 26 years old Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who started as a drummer for a series of metal bands in his native Iceland. His entry into the neo-classical field was somewhat accidental. Now in this new set of works he is joined by the talents of classically oriented composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Arnór Dan Arnarson and the result is an orchestration of Arnalds `music that is mind expanding and very atmospheric and moody.

Critic Matt Cibula has phrased it best and it is only fitting to quote him here: `First, become afflicted. Unclench your well-lined fists, open the door in the brick wall that surrounds your heart. Let the sadness of modern life wash over you like a waterfall, like a cold shower, like a breakup, a breakdown, a breakthrough. It takes a lot of control to keep it together in these times, and a lot of self-discipline to keep that control together. Just let it go; not all the way, because that way madness lies; just for a few minutes. Secondly, put on your best walking boots and go outside. The air is still a little chilly up here, especially in the mornings, although it's probably better wherever you are, but it's full of spring, of renewal, even hope: Easter, Passover, Spring Break, Opening Day. Let the sun hit you in the eyes so you have to squint; let the soft rain moisten your hair; see the rabbits and the sanitation workers do their early-morning jobs. Shops are opening, school buses are warming up, but the machine is not fully operational yet. Thirdly, allow yourself to truly feel this record.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, mediocre packaging April 4, 2013
By Sterre
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THE AMAZON TRACK-LISTING IS INCORRECT (but it works in our favor).
The cd contains 14 tracks, not 12. The 13 and 14 tracks are remixes of For Now I Am Winter by Nilsfrahm and Kiasomos. This is part of the US only release.

Olafur is an amazing artist. For me, this is his best overall album yet. Sometimes on previous CDs the violin in the background could get irritating on the ears after a while; it came off as rough and over-powering. 'For Now I Am Winter' sounds smoother. His sound has developed and this album represents a bigger departure from his old music. I could see long time fans adoring this while attracting new fans. I would highly recommend this album to other people.
The vocals were an excellent new addition to the songs. In most music today, the vocals are the main focus of the song with a heavy bass backing it up. That is not the case here; the vocals are another instrument. The songs seem to be more complex than his previous music. It's really subtle and how different sounds flow in to each other is amazingly done. The whole album is a work of art. The songs flow smoothly from one track to the next. There is no long annoying gap in between tracks, which really works for this album. It is the perfect CD to play without constantly skipping or repeating song to set a certain tone. I could easily sit and listen to this album in one sitting, or I could use it as background music while studying. It is a very versatile album. 'For Now I Am Winter' has a long musical shelf-life. It won't be easily dated or restricted to a certain group of listeners. I can see people buying this album 20 years from now.

The only con for this album is the packaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 14, 2014
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This was my first experience with Arnalds' music, but it will not be my last. The sound is mesmerizing, with haunting vocals that rise up our of the instrumental music. Sometimes I play the CD and give it my full attention, which is rewarding, and at other times I play it as atmospheric background while reading something serious. While I bought the CD in the midst of a very dark and cold winter, it still sounds good in the spring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album February 6, 2014
By Marta
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My husband and I heard a song on 'So You Think You Can Dance' and we loved the music and voice. The whole album is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting -- this album is great! February 1, 2014
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I've been an Olafur Arnalds fan for many years. This album is a culmination of all things that are great about his music. Phenomenal instrumentation with the additional bonus of vocals by Arnor Dan make this an album not to miss!

I especially love that the title track gives us the singing debut of Olafur -- his voice paired with Arnor Dan is a beautiful mix. Do yourself a favor and check this album out. It is great for any type of mood or event. And if you haven't already, be sure to pick up all of Olafur's other works as well as checking out other projects that Arnor Dan is a part of!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album January 28, 2014
By Irving
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Compared to Òlafur's usual work, this is a lot more active. He even includes vocals on this album, which are spectacular. Some songs are only great for the background. But Old Skin, I am Winter, and a few others are absolute gems that make the album an epic buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful January 21, 2014
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If you ever want an album to transport you to another state of mind, For Now I Am Winter can definitely work. Ólafur Arnalds music is mostly fixated on tonality - beautiful sounds that meld and mold and create an utterly entrancing soundscape. But don't be fooled by the general downbeat quality of most of the songs - this album works on so many levels and is ultimately extraordinarily rewarding.

With a slower, almost melancholy opening in "Sudden Throw", I found myself in the more upbeat but still distinctly minor key of "Brim", a song that meshes classical-sounding strings and piano with an electronic beat and distinctly not-classical rhythm. This essentially defines the album - a wonderful combination of very warm, familiar sounds layered on top of newer styles that offer structure, rhythm and an ethereal quality, often utilizing electronic techniques. But at its core, this could easily be viewed as a modern classical composition.

Curiously, it's the middle of the album that shines the brightest. Unlike many albums which pack their openings with the singles and more upbeat songs, For Now I Am Winter feels like it has a bigger story it's telling, and part of that story involves an absolutely riveting middle act. After the very quiet, almost calming "Words of Amber", "Reclaim" strikes wonderfully - a memorable, almost-catchy song full of sound and life. From there, "Hands Be Still" serves as a transition piece into the very atmospheric, soundtrack-like "Only the Winds" (it should be noted that Arnalds soundtrack to the TV series Broadchurch is also extremely successful), which itself leads into the showstopping, absolutely addictive and beautiful "Old Skin".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely to see classical unfluence
I love to hear music with orchestra in. I also love the bass, beats & occasional vocals that fit in so effortlessly on this cd :)
Published 3 months ago by Tim Hilberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful record.
This is a very beautiful record. I particularly like playing it while working, it puts me at ease. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by gerardo maltos
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
My first Olafur album. Beautiful music, and in my mind a must have. This is the first of many Olafur Arnalds CDs I will buy
Published 8 months ago by Josh Doppelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this as a gift for my son....
My son saw him in concert and fell in love with his music. I listened to some of the songs and they are relaxing. He loves it and listens to it often, usually before bed.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars icelandic
again, for piano music this is exquisite and soo atmospheric..great vocalist also that sings with him...the broadchurch shows he plays for
Published 8 months ago by steelmanner
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful evocative thoughtful music.
i work from home and i play alot of music to keep the hours moving smoothly. this is perfect for keeping me working and not noticing time going by. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AKAB
4.0 out of 5 stars The CD itself is very cool
Worth buying!! Olafur's music is getting more vibrant and rich. Once you play it, you will be drawn into a deep emotion...
Published 11 months ago by Cat Yim
5.0 out of 5 stars veey cool jazz
this is a stunning composer , musician and technician ... he has THE great talent that only few possess in this world of music .. Read more
Published 11 months ago by thierry rocchia
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