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Innundir Skinni
     

Innundir Skinni

by Ólöf Arnalds
 

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On her 2010 album, at least with its first song "Vinur Minn," Ólöf Arnalds makes a great claim to be the 21st century version of Isabelle Antena: building on her previous work with easy skill, there's a cinematic lushness to Innundir Skinni right out of the gate that feels almost like a travelog, on the one hand, or a series of

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On her 2010 album, at least with its first song "Vinur Minn," Ólöf Arnalds makes a great claim to be the 21st century version of Isabelle Antena: building on her previous work with easy skill, there's a cinematic lushness to Innundir Skinni right out of the gate that feels almost like a travelog, on the one hand, or a series of intimate, personal reflections on the other. If most of the rest of Innundir Skinni tends toward the calmer side, then there's still that sense of an easygoing reach that's almost breezy throughout; Arnalds sounds engaged and wide-eyed rather than playing in a nook, and on a song like "Jonathon" there's even a slight sense of how she could find her own version of a pop hit if she ever wanted to (assuming that pop was defined by David Sylvian's "Orpheus"). Her shifting between English and Icelandic lyrics further emphasizes the dual nature of Innundir Skinni. When she sings "You got mojo, you got soul" on "Crazy Car" it seems like a strange intrusion at first, then more like a way to rework the tropes of the past into a delicate, understated meditation, with guitar and a bit of piano the only backing for her and Ragnar Kjartansson's singing. "Surrender" is another English-language high point, though in ways it's more because of the arrangement than the language, as you hear her slow building self-overdub on the chorus as the harp parts and Björk's immediately obvious cameo appearance. At points like "Vinkonur," there's a superficial similarity to performers like Joanna Newsom, but Arnalds' way around delicate arrangements and higher-pitched singing has its own distinct quality, and is, perhaps, a little less florid all around.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
One Little Indian Us
UPC:
0827954103928
catalogNumber:
1039
Rank:
194508

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Performance Credits

Ólöf Arnalds   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Violin,Viola,Vocals,Timpani,Charango
Björk   Vocals
Skúli Sverrisson   Bass,Dobro,Guitar
Kjartan Sveinsson   Hurdy-Gurdy,Indian Harmonium
Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir   Choir, Chorus,String Quartet
Ragnar Kjartansson   Vocals
Shahzad Ismaily   Guitar
Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir   Vocals
Davið þór Jónsson   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Kalimba,Floor Tom,Piano (Grand),Guitar (Baritone)
Róbert Sturla Reynisson   Electric Guitar
Þórarinn Már Baldursson   Choir, Chorus,String Quartet
Matthías Hemstock   Drums
Daníel Bjarnason   Choir, Chorus
Sturlaugur Jón Björnsson   Horn
Ásdis Aðalbjörg   Choir, Chorus
Ari Ísleifur   Choir, Chorus
Inga Og Sölvi   Choir, Chorus
Sverrir Og Guðrún   Choir, Chorus
Júlía Mogenssen   Choir, Chorus,String Quartet
Sigrún Jóhannsdóttir   Choir, Chorus
Guðrún Embla   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Skúli Sverrisson   Artistic Supervision
Kjartan Sveinsson   Producer
Ragnar Kjartansson   Composer,Lyricist
Davið þór Jónsson   Producer
Ólöf Arnalds   Composer,Lyricist
Damien Taylor   Vocal Recording
Goddur   Graphic Design
Daníel Bjarnason   String Arrangements
Jónsi   Engineer
Ásdis Sif Gunnarsdóttir   Artwork,Video Stills
Guðrún Eva Minervudótir   Advisor
Sindri Eldon   English Translations

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