Ólöf Arnalds - Innundir Skinni (CD)

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Olof Arnalds' second album, Innundir Skinni, was released in 2010. It marked a departure of her previous work by including three English sung songs, including the single 'Surrender' which features Bjork’s distinctive vocal in the background. The album was produced by Sigur Ros’ Kjartan Sveinsson and Davíð Þór Jónsson, and featured contributions from Bjork, Skúli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed), Shahzad Ismaily (Tom Waits, Plastic Ono Band, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (Amiina) and Ragnar.

Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist. Classically educated on the violin, viola and self-taught on guitar and charango, Ólöf’s most distinctive asset is, nonetheless, her voice. A voice of instantly captivating, spring water chasteness possessed of a magical, otherworldly quality that is simultaneously innocent yet ancient (“somewhere between a child and an old woman” according to no less an authority than Björk).

While she has been favourably compared with the likes of Vashti Bunyan, Judee Sill and Kate Bush, Ólöf’s approach to making music remains highly individual: playful but intimate; accessible and uplifting, yet deeply personal and suffused with a timeless mystique that goes beyond the puckish inscrutability of her native tongue. Ólöf has also quickly proved herself as a magnetic, utterly self-assured stage performer, reliant as much on screwball humour, vaudevillian charm and even outright bawdiness, as much as the contrasting delicacy of her song delivery.

TRACKLISTING:

1. VINUR MINN
2. INNUNDIR SKINNI
3. CRAZY CAR
4. VINKONUR
5. SVÍF BIRKI
6. JONATHAN
7. MADRID
8. SURRENDER
9. ALLT Í GUDDÍ

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