Olöf Arnalds takes time out readying her US debut
Við og Við out on One Little Indian on January 12th
She performs “That Lucky Old Sun”, the Haven Gillespie track popularized by Johnny Cash on
La Blogotheque’s Everyone’s Takeaway Show
Check it out HERE!
“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
eMusic names Við og Við one of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade
eMusic: “Arnalds is all about subtle moments of breath-taking, stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty, and none of them owes to more than the simple aggregation of voice and guitar”
NME: “Ólöf’s voice is remarkable: part Björk (I know, but it’s true!), part Marianne Faithfull”
MOJO: “Reykjavik’s answer to Kate Bush”
UNCUT: “More Vashti Bunyan than Björk, Arnalds flutes her way through Wicker Man-evoking ballads like “Klara” and mournful “Skaldborg” with a wholesome, unforced sweetness”
Rolling Stone: “Lovely, transcendent Icelandic singer-songwriter writes the kind of music that populates the dreams of angels – fluttering folk songs as fragile as tiny china swans.”
Time Out New York: “Olof Arnalds has the kind of voice that can silence a room, such is its sweetness. And high-profile fans such as Björk have been very vocal about Arnald’s awesome talent”
BBC: “Arnalds’ timid, autumnal folk has such an exquisite pallor and fragile heart that it’ll make you reach for a protective dust sheet with which to wrap it in and tuck safely away”
Metro (UK): “This music seems to have a whisper-light touch yet it leaves a brilliantly deep impression”
Line of Best Fit: “the whole set-up of the album is based around exploiting the beauty of Ólöf’s singing, which is pitch-perfect from start to finish”
After performing a series of amazing shows this spring with Bjork and Dirty Projectors at Housing Works and this summer with Blonde Redhead at Celebrate Brooklyn, Ólöf Arnalds returned stateside for her first West Coast tour popping by KEXP. She recently popped by the Whitney Museum to play a couple of shows with ‘Sigur rós Kjartan Sveinsson.
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
Check out Olof’s Artist Page HERE!
Band Links HERE!
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.”
“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.”
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