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Olafur Arnalds - Island Songs / TOWERLOAD review

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Composer Olafur Arnalds' latest project - Island Songs, is a collection of seven tracks recorded over seven weeks in seven locations in Iceland. You could see Island Songs as a companion piece Arnalds' quite stunning 2011 album Living Rooms Songs but he has moved out of home in Reykjavik to explore the island. Icelandic musicians seems to be in love with their island (in fairness, there is an awful lot to love) and they like nothing better than getting it down in sound. See "Óveður" by Sigur Ros as a recent example – the track was accompanied by a 24-hour "slow TV" event, essentially a drive around Iceland's Route 1. It's hard to know what to say about Island Songs. Like everything Arnalds touches it is a thing of beauty. Every track more or less neatly fits into the "modern classical" genre but as collaborations they are given extra depth.