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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 ›
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. ^^
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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I think they should have named this album, "For Now I Am Disappointed." The voices totally ruined the album. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Rain City
Love Olafur Arnalds. He has some of the most hauntingly beautiful compositions that I have ever heard and I love meditating to his music.Published 3 months ago by Miles
Love this - from the composer who wrote the music for Broadchurch. Ethereal background tunes.Published 6 months ago by Virginia Photographer
I could listen to this all album all day. Came in perfect condition.Published 8 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 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This has stayed in my car CD player for the last month.
Absolutely beautiful songwriting and composition. Meditative, moving and mind expanding.
Really a great album. Never heard of this guy until my girlfriend brought him up; I'm seriously considering buying more. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Justin R