Ólöf Arnalds (Isl)

Ólöf Arnalds som tidligere har spilt med bandet Múm blir sammenlignet med blant annet Vashti Bunyan, Judee Sill and Kate Bush.

Hun er kanskje først og fremst kjent i Norge etter å ha spilt på By:Larm i 2011 hvor hun fikk mange nye fans med sin stemningsfulle eteriske folkpop.

Den 26 årige artisen som har mange jern i ilden, har rukket å slippe 3 album, 5 Ep’er og har nylig komponert musikken til filmen Another Happy Day og tv-serien Broadchurch.

Nå er hun tilbake i Oslo igjen og skal spille fra sitt siste album Sudden Elevation.



“Her most powerful release to date.” The Sunday Times ‘Beautifully rounded with with subtle shifts in emotional and sonic tone…utterly compelling.” *Metro “A quiet ascension to the heights.” The Observer “Timeless folk-pop.” *Mail On Sunday “Arnalds entrancing, spiraling voice defines this spare, crystalline album.” Kieron Tyler, Mojo “Sounds as newly minted as the moment it was written.” 8/10 Uncut “Like her peers Joanna Newsome and Fiona Apple, she is always moving.” Q

Recorded in her native Iceland, Sudden Elevation, Ólöf Arnald’s third full album – her first sung entirely in English – captures a rare and idiosyncratic songwriting talent in full bloom.

From the breezily skipping rhythm of opener German Fields to the pealing vocals of closer, Perfect, Sudden Elevation’s particular brand of heartache is magical, dislocated and otherworldly; its harmonies complex and quietly electrifying.

Produced again by long-time collaborator, Skúli Sverrisson, Sudden Elevation was largely recorded in a late autumn 2011 stint in a seaside cabin in Hvalfjörður (literally ‘Whale-fjord’), in the west of Iceland.

Perhaps because it is the first album that Ólöf has recorded from start to finish, with no protracted breaks, it possesses a stronger narrative thread than its predecessors. “I was always trying to see the record as a conceptual whole, keeping a certain order of songs in mind as we recorded,” explains Ólöf. “I drew different maps of how the record would sound and feel as one complete work, which was something I really felt like doing, given the first opportunity in my life to have a continuous recording process.”

Classically educated on the violin and self-taught on viola, guitar and charango, none-the-less Ólöf’s most distinctive asset is her captivating voice, possessing spring water chasteness, seemingly innocent yet ancient (Björk once described Ólöf’s uniquely compelling vocal sound as “somewhere between a child and an old woman.”)

2010’s Innundir skinni and last year’s Ólöf Sings covers EP attracted worldwide critical acclaim, Mojo venturing a Rising piece while Q named Ólöf as one of their Most Exciting People In Music. Major features followed in Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, Stool Pigeon, Clash, and at the end Innundir skinni appeared in Uncut magazine’s 50 Best Albums Of 2010, also appearing amongst the finalists for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize that year.

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