Ólafur Arnalds
Haldern Pop Festival 2008

Hard to imagine that this shy young Icelander comes from a hardcore background. Anyone who has seen him supporting Cursive or who is familiar wth his album 'Eulogy For Evolution' will be aware of his fondness for classical composition. Piano and strings dominate his deep, artistic masterpieces, rich in Icelandic melancholy. Friends of instrumental music will find themselves transported into a state of dreams, whilst an ingenuous listener may find himself rudely awoken from daydreams by an electric guitar riff and scattered aesthetic sound tapestries. A piano here and laptop sounds there, plus an organically structured string quartet. Music without words, a man who takes his time, looking for a place to sit and waiting for the chatter at the bar to die down.
(Haldern Pop »Datt Blatt«)

Ólafur Arnalds (born 1987) is an multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland.

Arnalds was a drummer of hardcore/metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine as well as a other bands. He also contributed banjo, guitar and piano for in his friend's solo project "My Summer as a Salvation Soldier".

In 2004, Arnalds composed and recorded the intro and two outros for tracks on the album Antigone (album) by German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. He has also composed string arrangements for the band English band 65daysofstatic.

On October 12, 2007, Arnalds' first solo album Eulogy for Evolution was released. It was followed by the EP Variation of Static in 2008. In the same year, Arnalds toured with Sigur Rós. He is also reported to have sold out The Barbican Hall in London.

In April 2009 Arnalds composed and released a track daily for seven days instantly making each track available within 24 hours from http://foundsongs.erasedtapes.com The collection of tracks was entitled Found Songs. The first track was released on Monday April 13th.

Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from classical to pop.

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Official website: www.olafurarnalds.com
MySpace page: www.myspace.com/olafurarnalds

This song was recorded live
at the Mirror Tent
at Haldern Pop Festival 2008

Video: SpringerParker
Sound: Modo Bierkamp