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I saw Olafur play in Prague in the autumn and opted to buy an album rather than stream it. There's something magical about owning something tangible—I feel that I am more a part of the music rather than just a spectator. The album brings you on a journey intended for solace and surprise. As is customary of his work, there are different paths the notes and melodies take, but he's kind enough to take you with him on that adventure. Highly recommend to anyone with a soul and good musical taste.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
Update: Amazon kindly exchanged the disc and regrattabky similar problem with the second disk. Meanwhile Kaismos CD that arrived at the same time is just fine. So definitely poor production quality. Original review: The factory that was contracted to manufacture the CD ("Made in the EU") has very poor quality controls. The CD is unbalanced and skips with some of my CD players, while notably vibrates in the portable ones. Just to make sure, I checked my other six Olafur CDs (from the Erased Tapes times) and they are fine. This is quite disappointing that great music is pressed into bad discs.
First heard this music on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert and was completely entranced. Have been waiting for the album ever since and it did not disappoint. UPS dropped it off at about Noon and I've had it playing constantly since then. Not a track on here that I don't love. Absolutely brilliant.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
This was a better release than I anticipated. "New Age" sometimes brings an image of boring. This is not. It is soft, melodic, and more than a 1 instrument presentation. Not something you will listen to in order to raise your heart rate or dance to. However, it is relaxing - something for after a long, hard day and you just want to sit back, sip a cool drink and unwind.
Some of the best ambience to come out in years. I put it on and the energy just gets flowing. I almost feel the need to give credit for the contributing factor in the three projects I completed while listening to this album. I have enjoyed separate artists in the credits and am glad at the chance to hear them play together.
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
This record, justifiably, appeared on a 50-best year-end list for 2019. Sample any track and you will find a gem. (The musician’s work was unknown to me before this recording, and has inspired me to seek out other efforts.). The overall mood is ethereal and, at times, evokes an emotional response that feels like communicating with another dimension. It was the perfect soundtrack for a recent sailing trip through the Caribbean. I love this record.
I've spent the last few years purchasing Olafur's albums, after an initially slow start. I appreciate the whole 'less is more' thing going on with the instrumentation, and this album certainly does not disappoint in terms of mood/ambience, haunting harmonies, and a very delicate approach to instrumentation. As a pianist myself (not in the same league), I know how much care is required in order to play as gently as Olafur does in the opening track, re:member.
The entire album is remarkable, but for me standout tracks would include re:member, unfold and inconsist. If you get home in the evening and want to be gently washed over by your music, rather than blasted to oblivion, then this one is a must!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2018
Over the past 10 years, Olafur Arnalds has been going from strength to strength culminating with For Now I am Winter, an album that was more song based than previous releases. Island Songs was quite enjoyable too but while this new collection still contains beautiful pieces with a trademark style that veers towards melancholy (he never fails to write music that pulls at the heart's strings), I found that in terms of composition, it's starting to repeat itself, and doesn't really offer anything wildly different from what's been done before. Contrary to someone like Nils Frahm, it's as if Arnalds' music writing skills have reached a plateau and now he can only give us material that sticks to the same formula... Very nice packaging however, particularly the clear vinyl option if you can find one, though not available from Amazon ;)
Others are giving good reviews already, so I want to concentrate on just one fact.
Like his previous works, such as 'Living Room Songs' (2011) and 'Island Songs' (2016), this album contains some melancholic tunes that aren't just beautiful but can make you think and will probably take you somewhere important in your mind.
My favourite track is the title song 're:member' and its video is absolutely beautiful, as if you've watched a whole feature film. I'm glad I got this album on CD as I can hear it at the highest sound quality in my living room or car.
It's just that I don't particularly appreciate some of the songs he write slowly become more uptempo as electric drums kick in, which change the whole atmosphere of the songs (including 're:member', but this is only my view and maybe it works for other listeners. For this minor reason I'll give 4 stars, but all in all I think this is one of his best alba.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2019
Great music beautiful arrangements and composition with good production. The CD seems a bit noisy when you put it into the player and the packaging really could be better I withdrew the CD out of the package and had to wrestle with it and ended up ripping the cover which I was a bit annoyed about otherwise very good
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