Við og Við through One Little Indian
FINALLY, in stores stateside on November 17th
Two fall performances include the opening of the Roni Horn Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art on November 6th where Ólöf performs with Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur rós & Rockwood Music Hall on November 9th
“She has a really idiosyncratic sense of chord structure and a voice somewhere between a child and an old woman! She has her own individuality, and the best is yet to come.”- Bjork
After performing a series of amazing shows this spring with Bjork and Dirty Projectors at Housing Works & Blonde Redhead at Celebrate Brooklyn, Ólöf Arnalds returned stateside for her first West Coast tour popping by KEXP
Performing Við og Við’s “Klara” LIVE on KEXP
Covering John Prines “We’re not the Jet Set” LIVE in KEXP
Brooklyn Vegan chat’s up Ólöf
Check out her live performance of Caetano Veloso’s “Maria Bethania” for Hooves on the Turf
Check out Bjork talking about & playing Olof on NPR’s All Things Considered!
Stereogum featured the song that is set to kick off her second album, Ókídókí
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 as a member of Múm. 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 2007 Iceland Music Awards as well as Record of the Year at Iceland’s largest daily newspaper, Morgunblaðið. Despite release only in Iceland, word of mouth earned Við og Við high profile plaudits in the U.S. including a #38 ranking in Paste Magazine’s Top 100 Albums of 2007 and #81 in eMusic’s editors Best albums of 2008 list.
Við og Við’s recent Stateside popularity has seen Ólöf play with the likes of Blonde Redhead, Jonathan Richman, Björk and The Dirty Projectors. Ólöf’s recent run of U.S. dates has been covered extensively with publication ranging from Vanity Fair, New York Times, Village Voice and Time Out New York chiming in with praise.
Ólöf recently finished recording her second album, Ókídókí at Sigur rós’ Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. It’s a more ambitious project than her debut featuring elaborate arrangements and vocals sung both in English and Icelandic.
Ókídókí will be out in Spring 2010
Other links: Dig For Fire TV documentary – this will be on the enhanced CD version of Við og Við – HERE!
Press love for Ólöf:
“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.”
“an emphatically vivacious Icelandic folk singer named Ólöf Arnalds”
“….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.”
“….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 thatrang clear on the high notes. The apex of the night was the Hank Williams cover that elicited a rousing approval from the enraptured crowd.”
The Portland Mercury
“Her classically trained, clarion voice moves through gently thicketed pluckings of guitar and charango, sounding at turns lachrymose and hopeful. While it doesn’t closely resemble American folk of any shade—not even the warped harpings of Joanna Newsom—it also sounds unlike anything else coming from Iceland, be it Björk, Sigur Rós, or even Múm, the electro-classical-folk band of which Arnalds is also a member.”
“Everybody loved her debut album Við og Við, and not just for the crazy spelling.”
“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.”
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