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Friday, August 29, 2008

Ólafur Arnalds - Variations of Static EP (2008) (Beautiful !!!)

Genre : Classical, Ambient, Experimental

Tracklist :

1 Fok
2 Við vorum smá…
3 Haust
4 Lokaðu augunum
5 Himininn er að hrynja en stjörnurnar fara þér vel

Fragile, emotional, classical indie music would maybe be the best term to describe Ólafur Arnalds’ music. Combining classical instrumentation with an indierock aesthetic there are obvious comparisons to Sigur Ros, but Arnalds is sculpting his own epic, string-laden compositions. Utterly lovely - highly recommended.
Beautiful in the same way the arctic is.

Only 21 years of age, Ólafur hails from the suburban Icelandic town, Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside Reykjavík. He as immersed himself completely in the world of delicate symphonic compositions in a near weightless orchestral undertaking. Mixing strings and piano with loops, ambiance, electronics and beats. Debut album ‘Eulogy for Evolution’ takes the listener on a journey, representing different periods in life, from birth to death. The follow-up 5-track EP ‘Variations of Static’ so far has only been available as a limited tour edition. While keeping the classical foundations of his debut album, here Arnalds incorporates crackling electronics and the dead voice of a machine; like vague memories of tradition lost within the digital age we all live in.

Try it Too. Ólafur Arnalds debut album : Ólafur Arnalds - Eulogy for Evolution (2007)

[me]Absolutely Beautiful !!! Breathtaking album.

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