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Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs CD review – sweet, boring hipster melancholia | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs CD review – sweet, boring hipster melancholia

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This sleekly produced project involved indie-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds travelling around his native Iceland recording seven songs in seven small-town locations with various local musicians. The vibe is picturesque hipster melancholia, with accompanying music videos by Baldvin Z showing long shots of rustic venues in bleak, gorgeous landscapes – not a dissimilar aesthetic to Sigur Rós’s travelogue Heima, and the music’s ambient-pop progressions and sugary, morose arrangements owe a similar debt.

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