Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ólafur Arnalds

A really beautiful electro-pop-classical album from the Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has recently crossed my desk in For Now I Am Winter. It's the kind of record that I don't have the vocabulary to adequately describe. It builds airy, luminous landscapes out of sustained tones and strings, then sets them into whimsical motion with blipping, glitching electronic beats.

The kinetic aspect of this music will float to the surface in this video of the dancer Lil Buck interpreting an Arnalds composition...on the Colbert Report, no less.

Anyway, if you're into that whole new classical continuum -- Nico Muhly, Colin Stetson, Bang on a Can, et. al. -- this is worth checking out.

The album is out April 2 on Mercury Classics.

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