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free music friday: ólöf arnalds
September 18, 2009, 9:04 am
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fmf_olofarnaldsÓlöf Arnalds

Having been crowned Best Alternative Album at the Iceland Music Awards two years ago, Ólöf Arnalds’s debut album Við og Við gets a long overdue UK release on November 16th through One Little Indian, largely as a precursor to her newest work Ókídókí, out next year. Though it’s easily confused with Ólafur Arnalds, the young male neoclassical composer who’s gathered quite a following, Ólöf’s name will already be familiar to Scandophiles and discerning music fans; she’s been a member of Iceland’s notable experimental band múm since 2003, and has played alongside such renowned outfits as Blonde Redhead and, of course, the much celebrated forerunner of Iceland’s music scene, Björk. An impressive array of Icelandic talent has gone into the production of this album, too, with Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur Rós collaborating with other members of múm to provide remarkable pieces of music with a selection of unusual instruments.

But this Smörgåsbord of Scandinavian musical ability is merely a pleasant addition to an already beautiful sound created by Arnalds on preview track ‘Klara’. Ólöf plays a simple tune constructed on a lute-like instrument which, accompanied by a wavering accordion, creates a delightful Nordic folk sound. Her crystal clear vocals and accent seem to range from sounding almost Carnatic to not-quite Japanese, adding to the exoticism of the piece. The simple folk sound paired with the unusual vocal means there is certainly room for comparison with Joanna Newsom, but it’s the curiosity of Ólöf herself that makes this an unquestionably intriguing listen. MP3 after the jump

FREE MP3: Ólöf Arnalds, ‘Klara’ [via Spinner]

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Ólöf Arnalds – ‘Klara’

Such a intriguing sound this lady makes. Almost hypnotic! Great

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