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Another great album

Other than it being a little on the short side, this is a great score. I've been following Olafur for a while now and really enjoy listening to this kind of music when I'm trying to relax or read a book. It certainly has qualities similar to artists like Max Richter ("On the Nature of Daylight") and Josh Kramer (especially the tracks "Shadows and Light" and "Closure"). I would also check out Hildur Gudnadottir and any of the other Icelandic composers. Some of the best melancholic music is coming out of that camp right now.

this album makes every day another happy day...

I have continued to be amazed at Olafur Arnalds' music - this album continues the legacy that he is leaving with us. This album continues his consistently inspiring and breathtaking work. If you want to remember how to breathe, in our overly busy and stressful world, buy this album!

Headphone Commute Review

Why does the music by Ólafur Arnalds makes me want to cry? What is it about that specific arrangement of notes, rhythm and chord progression that brings the tears to my eyes? How can melancholy, sadness and pure heartache radiate from sound and seep so thoroughly through my heart? Perhaps it wouldn’t be a surprise that he is a perfect candidate for a movie soundtrack, as is the case with Another Happy Day, a film by Sam Levinson, a Sundance winner for Best Screenplay. Having not seen the film, and judging by the music alone, I wonder if it’s truly about a happy day at all…

I’ve been following the works of Arnalds ever since his 2007 debut, Eulogy For Evolution, released by Erased Tapes Records. Since the first note, I knew that this was a young artist to keep my eye on, with his delicate and majestic touch for modern classical composition with a minimal sprinkle of electronics. In 2009, Arnalds once again proved to the world that Iceland may have something in the water after releasing Dyad 1909 and Found Songs. Every year since, we were lovingly cradled by the latest album from Óli, all packaged by the wonderful London based Erased Tapes.

In October 2011, Arnalds started working on a Living Room Songs project, releasing one song per day for an entire week. The music was played, recorded, and even filmed live in his Reykjavik living room. This is an amazing project for many reasons! First of all, the music is as always absolutely stunning. Second, it was incredible to witness a daily new track. And last, but not least, the videos showed Arnalds at work with a small group of friends on the strings playing live! Thankfully to Erased Tapes, Living Room Songs were released as an album (which also included illustrations for each song).

Throughout the Another Happy Day soundtrack there’s a central theme, explored and finally exploded in all of its intensity in “Out To Sea“, and echoed in the themes of preceding tracks. Re-listening to Arnalds’ earlier works I can tell that his production, composition, and overall musicianship have improved over the last four years, and I’m looking forward to many more years to come! The album is released on a CD and a double LP on February 28th, 2012, on the ever gorgeous Erased Tapes! Jump to Arnalds’ home page, where you can watch a documentary on this musician, and download some sheet music in PDF. Absolutely essential!


Born: November 3, 1986 in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who has released several albums and EPs of neo-classical post-rock on the London-based Erased Tapes label, in addition to scoring several films and television programs. He started out as a drummer for a series of metal bands in his native Iceland. His entry into the neo-classical field was somewhat accidental. After German band Heaven Shall Burn heard some solo demo material, they asked him to provide piano-and-string pieces for their...
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Another Happy Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Ólafur Arnalds
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  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Soundtrack
  • Released: Feb 24, 2012

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