After her whirlwind of shows in May including her rousing Housing Works performance opening for Bjork & The Dirty Projectors and her heavenly trio of shows during last weeks Northside Fest
Icelandic folks chanteuse Ólöf Arnalds returns to NYC for a solo opening slot with Blonde Redhead @ Celebrate Brooklyn at at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 26th
If you have yet to see her, you MUST make this date!
Ólöf has just finished recording her second solo album which was once again produced by
Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur rós. Other contributors to the album included Skuli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson), Shahzad Ismaily (Tom Waits, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Maria Huld Markan Sigfusdottir (Amiina) and Davíð Þór Jónsson (Mugison)
LIVE reviews are IN!
“….crowd who did not want to let her leave the stage, especially after the amazing Nina Simone cover she closed her set with. Earlier she covered Springsteen.”
New York Decieder:
“Her voice is a marvel, as is her guitar-playing, which is dexterous and finger-pick-intensive.”
“an emphatically vivacious Icelandic folk singer named Ólöf Arnalds”
“….mesmerizing performance by Ólöf Arnalds…alternated between acoustic guitar, a smaller toy acoustic guitar, and an even smaller 8-string ukulele. On stage, she was witty and full of banter as she gave background tidbits on songs she sang in her native Icelandic, with an emotive, swooping voice that rang clear on the high notes. The apex of the night was the Hank Williams cover that elicited a rousing approval from the enraptured crowd.”
“Ólöf Arnalds makes a lot happen with very few ingredients: The Icelandic singer/songwriter uses her pristine voice and an instrument or two to conjure a strange, mysterious world (I imagine fields, brooks, old stones, ivy)”
Time Out New York
“Take a listen to “Klara” and it’s easy to hear why Arnalds’s work has drawn such distinguished fans.”
“Though her songs are folkie, she had a lot of energy and the volume was up, and Bjork had just been on stage, and Olof talks just like Bjork and she was great and the crowd was way into it.”
“From the minute she came on stage, they owned it as if it was their own living room.”
“Ólöf’s performance was very similar to her personality. Her stage presence is engaging and enchanting. Her demeanor is refreshing and off the cuff which made for a very lively and enjoyable show.”
“Last night, I was fortunate to check out the Ólöf Arnalds show at the Scandinavia house. I say fortunate because I had never had a chance to see the Icelandic songstress live and it was by far one of my favorite shows this year.”
Stereogum featured the song that is set to kick off her new album. Click HERE!
Check out Brooklyn Vegan Exclusive Mp3
DIG FOR FIRE LIVE performance HERE!
Click HERE for Klara on RCRD LBL
Icelandic folk chanteuse Ólöf Arnalds has been a prominent figure in her native music scene for several years playing with Múm, Mugison, and Skúli Sverrisson. Ólöf has also been active in mixing aural and visual arts, taking a solo turn in and providing hypnotic vocals for Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s video contribution to the 2007 Venice Biennial. The piece also won the 2008 Icelandic Visual Arts Award. Her University graduating musical video piece Eins og sagt er ( or “As they say” in English) has also been exhibited widely.
However, it is Ólöf’s solo debut Við og Við that continues to garner widespread acclaim. Produced by Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur rós, it won Best Alternative Album at the Iceland Music Awards as well as Record of the Year at Iceland’s largest daily newspaper, Morgunblaðið.
2008 saw Ólöf play festivals throughout Europe. Highlights include sharing a three-way bill with Björk and Sigur Rós at Iceland’s Náttúra concert, and opening for Björk in Athens, Greece. In September, Ólöf performed a sold out showcase at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge that was featured as the music pick for the day in the New York Times UrbanEye, Time Out New York, The Onion, and Flavorpill. The show in which Ólöf debuted Við og Við in full was the subject of a Dig For Fire TV documentary. In October, Ólöf became the first Icelandic musician to play a prestigious showcase slot at WOMEX, the world music expo.
Ólöf has just finished recording her second album which was once again produced by Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur Rós.