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For Now I Am Winter
     

For Now I Am Winter

by Ólafur Arnalds
 

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Enigmatic Icelandic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ólafur Arnalds' major-label debut, the Mercury-issued (and aptly titled) For Now I Am Winter, effortlessly incorporates elements of pop into the budding singer/songwriter's already evocative blend of wistful neo-classicism and icy electronica. Though his work has been seeping into the mainstream

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Enigmatic Icelandic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ólafur Arnalds' major-label debut, the Mercury-issued (and aptly titled) For Now I Am Winter, effortlessly incorporates elements of pop into the budding singer/songwriter's already evocative blend of wistful neo-classicism and icy electronica. Though his work has been seeping into the mainstream of late, with soundtrack contributions to films like Looper and The Hunger Games, Arnalds remains a shadowy figure, and For Now I Am Winter, despite its more commercial leanings, does little to dispel that notion. Helped along by the tasteful orchestrations of American composer Nico Muhly and the fluid and expressive voice of guest vocalist and fellow Icelander Arnor Dan, the lush and lonesome collection falls somewhere between the ambient, string-laden melancholy of Eluvium, the rural soul searching of Bon Iver, and the cosmic opulence of Sigur Rós. Arnalds has cited the changing of the seasons as a key theme here, and while standout tracks like the mesmerizing "Old Skin" and the propulsive and vibrant "Reclaim," both of which toe the line between the playful dynamics of Owen Pallett's Heartland and the elegiac grandeur of Jónsi's Go, definitely hint at the verdancies of spring and summer, this is most certainly a winter's tale, and one that pairs well with Arnalds' more minimalist tendencies. While the four tracks that Dan lends his formidable pipes to provide the most instantly engaging moments on the album, instrumental selections like the quietly lustrous "Only the Winds," the fractured and foreboding "This Place Was a Shelter," and the lovely, bare-bones "Words of Amber" are just as resonant when allowed time to percolate.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028948102266
catalogNumber:
001813902
Rank:
34446

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ólafur Arnalds   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Roland Hartwell   Violin
Sarah Buckley   Viola
Kathryn Harrison   Viola
Atli Örvarsson   Conductor
Karl Pestka   String Quartet
Zbigniew Dubik   Violin
Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir   Cello
Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir   Cello
Emil Fridfinnsson   Horn
Freyja Gunnlaugsdóttir   Clarinet
Hallgrímur Jónas Jensson   String Quartet
Margret Kristjansdottir   Violin
Grímur Helgason   Clarinet
Lilja Valdimarsdóttir   Horn
Eujólfur Alfredsson   Viola
Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir   Violin
Vigdis Másdóttir   Viola
Victor Orri Árnason   Violin
Sigurjón Dadason   Clarinet
Sigurdur Dorbergsson   Trombone
Porunn Hardardóttir   Viola
Móheidur Sigurdardóttir   Viola
Lovísa Fjeldsted   Cello
Lin Wei   Violin
Laufey Pétursdóttir   Viola
Kristín Maríellafrid Jónsdóttir   Violin,String Quartet
Hlín Erlendsdóttir   Violin
Gudrún Pórrarinsdóttir   Viola
Dagný Marínósdóttir   Flute
Ágústa M Jónsdóttir   Violin
Ásdís Runólfsdóttir   Viola
Arnór Dan   Vocals
Ari Vilhjálmsson   Violin

Technical Credits

Rafaela Hernández   Producer
Nico Muhly   Orchestration
Ólafur Arnalds   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jónas Valtýsson   Art Direction
Finnur Hákonarson   Piano Engineer
Jón Valur Gudmundsson   Piano Engineer
Gene Ynada   Marketing
Alexander Buhu   Executive Producer
Arnór Dan   Composer,Lyricist

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