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Love Songs for Ghosts

This album is fanstastic! The atmosphere and ambience that the sparseness of the arrangements has leaves you contemplating its haunting beauty. The depth is desolate at times, but has such passion. Only one note may be played, but its the right note! The tension of the music ebbs and flows to its own tide. Aesthetic and esoteric, not for consumption of the unenlightened masses.

Everything this guy does is Brilliant

This album has some really beautiful melancholic textures and tones, in the same style as Max Richter's works. I have been generally unimpressed with the majority of the new music being released, but am finding great satisfaction with Olafur Arnalds, as well as Josh Kramer's "Only Memories" album, and Nico Muhly's The Reader, both of which are two of my all time favorites. Treat yourself and buy them all - I'll accept your thanks in advance :)

Headphone Commute Review

As I sit down to write these words I can't help but wonder if there was a time lapse in my memory - haven't I covered this before? I could have sworn I shared my excitement for this album in the past - after all, I hungrily consume everything by Ólafur Arnalds since his 2007 debut on Erased Tapes, Eulogy For Evolution. Well, if I haven't shared my enthusiasm for this release, I apologize... Profusely... Incredibly lovely, sad and beautiful, music from Arnalds will melt the toughest hearts. If melancholy could be wrapped in sadness drenched in longing, then Arnalds captures it all. This is precisely when words loose their meaning, and the music sings... ...and they have escaped the weight of darkness is a second full-length album from this prolific Icelandic modern classical composer. In places uplifting, and always gorgeous, the contemplative passages escaping Arnalds' fingers on the piano, and the crying stringed instruments, leave the listener reflecting on all that is present in this moment, even if its veiled by the past. You absolutely have to pick up Arnalds' masterpiece, Variations of Static, (Erased Tapes, 2008), as well as his 2009 EP on the same label, Found Songs. It is also worth mentioning that Ólafur's 2009 album, Dyad 1909 was selected in Headphone Commute's Best of 2009 : Music For The Film behind Closed Eyelids. Recommended!!!


Born: November 3, 1986 in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland

Genre: Classical Crossover

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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