some kind of peace Ólafur Arnalds

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Album Veröffentlichung:
2020

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
06.11.2020

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  • 1Loom03:46
  • 2Woven Song03:10
  • 3Spiral03:20
  • 4Still / Sound04:13
  • 5Back To The Sky03:23
  • 6Zero04:26
  • 7New Grass04:02
  • 8The Bottom Line04:02
  • 9We Contain Multitudes03:18
  • 10Undone05:04
  • Total Runtime38:44

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Der weltweit gefeierte BAFTA-Gewinner und Emmy-nominierte isländische Komponist Ólafur Arnalds gilt dank seiner meisterhaften Verschmelzung von symphonischen Streichern und Klavier mit subtiler Electronica als der "Superstar der zeitgenössischen Instrumentalmusik". (Financial Times) Seine post-minimalistischen Kompositionen von eindringlicher, atmosphärischer Schönheit waren zuletzt auf einer umjubelten Welttournee mit über 140 Konzerten zu hören.

Während Ólafurs letztes hochgelobtes Album re:member ein technologischer Triumph mit seinen bahnbrechenden, selbstspielenden Stratus Klavieren war, schlägt er mit seinem neuen Album some kind of peace für ihn gänzlich andere, persönlichere Wege ein.

some kind of peace handelt davon, was es bedeutet, am Leben zu sein, es zu wagen und verletzlich zu sein. Es ist eine persönliche Reise, erzählt durch Ólafurs bisher introspektivste Musik, vor dem Hintergrund einer ins Chaos gestürzten Welt. Er verarbeitet auf dem Album reale Stücke seiner Lebensgeschichte, wobei er meisterhaft Sampling-Techniken einsetzt, um dem Zuhörer ein Fenster in seine Erfahrungen zu öffnen.

Neben Ólafur Arnalds selbst sind auch befreundete Musiker auf dem Album vertreten, wie der britische Musiker Bonobo, die isländische Sängerin und Multiinstrumentalistin JFDR sowie die deutsche Singer-Songwriterin Josin. "All diese Menschen waren an diesem Punkt Teil meines Leben oder bei den Erlebnissen, die das Album beeinflussten, bei mir", erklärt er. "Es wäre seltsam, ein so persönliches Album zu schreiben und meine Freunde nicht mit einzubeziehen."

Ólafur Arnalds fordert mit some kind of piece dazu auf das Leben mit all seinen Facetten, zu akzeptieren wie es ist, loszulassen und vor allem zu darauf zu reagieren und nachzudenken, um unseren persönlichen inneren Frieden zu finden. Sein umwerfendes neues Album wäre definitiv der richtige Ort, um damit zu beginnen.

Olafur Arnalds new album, some kind of peace is his most revealing and vulnerable work to date and features Bonobo, Josin and JFDR. Within, you’ll find a self-confessed perfectionist grappling with the messier realities of everyday life: the possibilities of love, of settling down, and how to navigate all of that during a global pandemic (the album was half-written prior to lockdown, and completed at Arnalds’ harbour studio in downtown Reykjavik). What’s emerged on some kind of peace is a record about letting your guard down, and ultimately what it means to be alive.

some kind of peace is a journey of Ólafur Arnalds’ personal and creative growth, set against the backdrop of a chaotic world. Within, you’ll hear hints of those private experiences – sometimes even samples of the significant events themselves – woven into an album that is remarkable in its openness, and its beauty. Throughout Ólafur urges you to embrace all that life throws at you, and above all to react, and contemplate, to find your kind of peace. His stunning new album would definitely be the place to start.

Ólafur Arnalds




Ólafur Arnalds
Born in 1986, Ólafur hails from the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside of Reykjavík. He has immersed himself completely in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces. Arnalds explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and piano with discreet electronics which makes him a perfect fit for cinematic music label Erased Tapes. His motivations are clear: 'The classical scene is kind of closed to people who haven't been studying music all their lives. I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don't usually listen to this kind of music…open people's minds.'

Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut 'Eulogy for Evolution'. His 2008 follow-up EP ‘Variations of Static’ earned Ólafur acclaim from both the contemporary and classical field – transcending a traditional divide. He has sold out some of the world’s most renowned music venues including Barbican Hall in London and has been awarded ‘Best Live Session of 2008’ by BBC Radio 1 presenter Gilles Peterson.

Over the past eighteen months Arnalds has advanced from a former support-act for Sigur Rós to an internationally respected artists in his own right. In April 2009 Arnalds created the 7 song series 'Found Songs' – recording a song a day for 7 days and instantly making each track available via Twitter and the official Erased Tapes website with over 300.000 people downloading for free.

December 2009 saw the release of Ólafur’s contemporary dance score 'Dyad 1909', commissioned by the award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor. The dance piece, inspired by Shackleton’s South Pole premiered at the Sadler’s Wells theatre in October 2009 and became a much talked about 5-nights of live music, dance and visuals. BBC Four, the ITV1 South Bank Show and Arte TV Europe broadcasted 'Dyad 1909' on primetime television. In March 2010 he embarked on his first ever China Tour, which included sold-out shows in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and a live webcast watched by thousands of fans all round the world.

Ólafur Arnalds' second full-length album '...and they have escaped the weight of darkness', continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements. The sense of an organic crossover recording is reinforced by the involvement of co-producer Barði Jóhannsson of eccentric pop/rock/electronica-formation Bang Gang. Those expecting a mere continuation of the minimal melancholia of his previous albums are in for a surprise, as the record may be the most uplifting and richly orchestrated work of his career.

'Precocious Nordic composer’s sumptuous second LP … Timeless and sublime' **** – UNCUT

'An artist of immense maturity' (9/10) – Drowned In Sound



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