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Ólafur Arnalds|some kind of peace

some kind of peace

Ólafur Arnalds

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After touring all over Europe with his album re:member (perhaps his best - or at least boldest - release of 2018), Ólafur Arnalds found himself alone in his studio in Reykjavik during lockdown and used the opportunity to record his most intimate record yet. “Like everyone else, it forced me to take stock of what I was doing. By the time the pandemic hit, I'd already written half the album, so the rest flowed freely. The result is my most personal album to date. It moves away from big concepts and big ideas. It’s just me” explained the Icelandic composer. He offers up moments of intense weightlessness, levitation even, on tracks like the super-chilled opener Loom and Zero. With dreamlike synths, relaxing violins and compassion-filled pianos, Ólafur Arnalds sends out therapeutic vibrations on pieces where you can almost feel his consciousness expanding. Some local guests appear on this record, including the Icelandic singer JFDR on Back to the Sky which drips with Roya Arab-like sensuality. The album ends with a philosophical touch; Undone samples from a spoken word passage by the singer Lhasa de Sela, who died in 2010, bringing the concept of death to the forefront of the record. An album that doubles as a much-needed healing remedy. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Loom
00:03:46

Bonobo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Simon Green, Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ólafur Arnalds, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion, ComposerLyricist - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

2
Woven Song
00:03:10

Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

3
Spiral
00:03:20

Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

4
Still / Sound
00:04:13

Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

5
Back To The Sky
00:03:23

Josh Wilkinson, Unknown, Other - Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jófríður Akadóttir, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - JFDR, Author, MainArtist - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

6
Zero
00:04:26

Ólafur Arnalds, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion, ComposerLyricist - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel - Sandrayati Fay, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

7
New Grass
00:04:02

Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

8
The Bottom Line
00:04:02

Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Arabella Rauch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Josin, Author, Producer, MainArtist - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

9
We Contain Multitudes
00:03:18

Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

10
Undone
00:05:03

Ólafur Arnalds, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Electronic Percussion, ComposerLyricist - Karl Pestka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Zino Mikorey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Unnur Jonsdottir, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sigrún Harðardóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Óskarsdóttir, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Recording Engineer, Studio, Writers Association, StudioPersonnel - Sandrayati Fay, Voice, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Ólafur Arnalds

Album Description

After touring all over Europe with his album re:member (perhaps his best - or at least boldest - release of 2018), Ólafur Arnalds found himself alone in his studio in Reykjavik during lockdown and used the opportunity to record his most intimate record yet. “Like everyone else, it forced me to take stock of what I was doing. By the time the pandemic hit, I'd already written half the album, so the rest flowed freely. The result is my most personal album to date. It moves away from big concepts and big ideas. It’s just me” explained the Icelandic composer. He offers up moments of intense weightlessness, levitation even, on tracks like the super-chilled opener Loom and Zero. With dreamlike synths, relaxing violins and compassion-filled pianos, Ólafur Arnalds sends out therapeutic vibrations on pieces where you can almost feel his consciousness expanding. Some local guests appear on this record, including the Icelandic singer JFDR on Back to the Sky which drips with Roya Arab-like sensuality. The album ends with a philosophical touch; Undone samples from a spoken word passage by the singer Lhasa de Sela, who died in 2010, bringing the concept of death to the forefront of the record. An album that doubles as a much-needed healing remedy. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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