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For Now I Am Winter
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
HOWEVER, my gripe is with the sampling of the tracks. I prefer instrumental music, sans lyrics. Listening to the sample tracks available before I purchased, I THOUGHT that was what I was buying. In fact, quite a few tracks have lyrics which I could have done without.
This is a personal preference, so you may have no problem with this.
The Lyrics are not bad, I just wish the sample tracks actually represented what you are buying.
Personally, I've always wanted to explore more Icelandic music because I've been a longtime fan of Bjork since I was young.
This album does not disappoint and I love listening to it on sunny fall days when I'm driving. It makes the world seem quiet and peaceful. ^^
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".Read more ›
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Love this - from the composer who wrote the music for Broadchurch. Ethereal background tunes.Published 13 days ago by Virginia Photographer
I could listen to this all album all day. Came in perfect condition.Published 2 months ago by Tadpols
Amazing artist Arnor Dan and the great composer/writer Olafur Arnalds. I don't know who Olafur Arnalds is but when I heard it first time on movie Taken 3, I suddenly fall in love... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
One must be in the mood to relax, chill, absorb, this music so get in the mind set before you plug in. I found the recordings to be well mastered. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Merritt
This has stayed in my car CD player for the last month.
Absolutely beautiful songwriting and composition. Meditative, moving and mind expanding.
Tone poems that paint beautiful, ethereal, spare landscapes. The haunting vocals from Arnor Dan add another dimension to the already surreal soundscape. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Kim
Really a great album. Never heard of this guy until my girlfriend brought him up; I'm seriously considering buying more. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Justin R
So interesting. What a haunting singer and I had never heard music from that part of the world. In awe. Thanks for the good send.Published 11 months ago by cy of thea