Want new music? This Icelandic composer on her a lot

When the current hits of pop music has become boring, and the release of the next album of your favorite band for another year, inadvertently look around in search of really original music which the skin slips a familiar chill. There are performers in the most unusual corners of our planet — such as Olafur Arnalds, multi-instrumentalist from Iceland.

Perhaps someone Arnalds familiar hardcore/metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine, where he played percussion, but most of the name of this musician certainly knows. But this does not mean that you have never heard his compositions, because Arnalds wrote the soundtracks to such popular movies as “the Hunger games”, “Taken 3”. “Cousins” and many others.

Arnalds refers to those artists who are called “modern classics” — his works for the piano and cello is incredibly lightweight but at the same time breathless and make you think about yourself. Currently, he said at the beginning of 2010, when showed to the world that some works can be both classical and pop music at the same time. All your tracks composer sings itself, sometimes resorting to other musicians.

The Icelander admits that to bring the tracks to perfection it helps computer equipment — software composer treats the music, achieving a very clean sound. But his melodies are no less interesting, because Arnalds incredibly skillfully cope with the compositions for piano accompanied by string instruments and electronic processing.

If Chopin lived in our time he would have worked in Pro Tools.

Composition And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, which was released in 2010, became a landmark for the artist — then he treated only a violin and a piano. The new album Arnalds, which will be released on August 24 (re:member) takes us in a completely different gave, opening ethereal sound of string and wind instruments, as well as precise electronic passages. Don’t forget the composer, about its origins, delighting fans of the piano solo in the album compositions. Each clip is perhaps most accurately embodies the feeling you get when listening to his music — as, for example, clip to the song unfold from the new album.


Someone can say that this music is not for everyone, but sometimes to hear such a pleasant, relaxing music is not only necessary but also useful. Only a couple songs can radically change opinion about this genre in General, and get to go to a concert of Olafur, which will take place on 17 September in Moscow and on September 19 in St. Petersburg. And yet to see the album below, subject to the availability of a subscription to Apple Music, and you can purchase it via this link.

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