Since then he’s collaborated with German Metal band Heaven Shall Burn; released a series of instrumental EPs and albums; toured with like-minded countrymen Sigur Rós (among others); and composed numerous film and television scores, the latest of which is for an ITV series called Broadchurch.
He even scored a ballet. Not bad for a former metalhead.
The biggest creative U-turn on For Now I Am Winter is the use of vocals, which come courtesy of friend Arnór Dan Arnarson, best known as the lead singer for the Icelandic group Agent Fresco. The title track is a gorgeous slow-burner marked by Arnarson’s whispery vocals and Arnalds’ atmospheric electronic compositions, which float by via twinkling keyboards and glitchy beats that sound as if they’re itching to break through to another, less nuanced record. New collaborator Nico Muhly’s orchestral arrangements add even more majesty to a song (and album) that is sure to leave listeners aching for more. And, knowing Arnalds, it won’t be long before he’s back with yet another intriguing musical creation.This show is presented as part of the Contemporary Arts Center’s performance season.
OLAFUR ARNALDS performs Friday, Oct. 4 at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.