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Not since Brian Eno transitioned from glam rocker to ambient music pioneer has there been such a remarkable transformation: Suburban Reykjavík native Ólafur Arnalds went from drumming in Icelandic punk and metal bands to penning stunning electronic-infused neo-classical pieces. The multi-instrumentalist’s gateway experience was writing a pair of instrumental pieces for the German deathcore band Antigone; he’s since scored films and released EPs and albums. For Now I Am Winter contains his first vocal efforts, with singer/lyricist Arnór Dan collaborating on four songs. On “Sudden Throw,” pulsing piano is gently propelled by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra’s widescreen soundscape. Dan’s soaring, layered falsetto is bathed in minimalistic electro-rhythms on “Old Skin,” while “Carry Me Anew” closes with interstellar tranquility.

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Incredibly Beautiful

Listen to this incredibly beautiful album. A wondrous blend of keyboards, cello, violin and sonorous vocals.

From a long-time Olafur fan…

This album could only have been created by the most beautiful of souls.

Masterful Progression in his artistic career.

There's no denying Olafur Arnalds is an amazingly talented composer. For Now I Am Winter shares his continued artistic growth as he expands the musical boundaries of his previous works. I'll admit I was concerned when I found out there were going to be vocal tracks on his latest album, but they quickly became listed among my most treasured Olafur Arnalds songs.

Five stars does not offer the full praise this album deserves.


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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