In spite of her young age ÓLÖF ARNALDS has been active on the Icelandic experimental scene for many years. She played with electronica virtuosos Múm between 2003 and 2007, and her debut album ‘Vid og Vid’ was produced by Kjartan Sveinsson from Icelandic greats, Sigur Rós. Arnalds tells personal tales with a tender voice and leaves the impression of a classic troubadour with clear associations to early freak-folkers like Vashti Bunyan and Judee Sill or todays Joanna Newsom.
Her talent not only reveals itself in the variety of the instruments she masters, but also in her beautiful labyrinthine songwriting and mesmerizing solo performances. Ólöf’s voice has been singled out for high praise as “otherworldly” by The New York Times, “stunning” by SPIN, “remarkable” by the NME, “ethereal” by Vanity Fair and “impossibly lovely” by Paste.
Ólöf recently finished mixing her second album, Innundir skinni at Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. Innundir skinni features more elaborate arrangements and instrumentation than Við og Við, with vocals sung both in English and Icelandic. Innundir skinni is set for worldwide release this Spring.
“…Reykjavik’s answer to Kate Bush…her debut is a spare, troubadour-like affair garnished with haunting, witch-child vocals.” MOJO (4/5)
“…her voice is high and clear, with a gentle quaver that humanizes its otherworldly purity.” The New York Times
“..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 Arnalds’ awesome talent.” Time Out New York
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