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For Now I Am Winter
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The new adding of a vocal at first was a little disappointing to me. I didn't like the vocal and wanted the songs as they have always been. That was until a few listens in. The vocals fit the slightly darker and low music of arnalds and even when it's upbeat the vocals fit well. The vocals I think add to the album totally.
The album mey not have been as good without them as they re an added catch and something new.
Love this album now .
As a fan of all his work I was initially disappointed but a few plays in I love it.
The tracks seamlessly lead from one to the other making this not a compilation of 12 different songs but one big journey, one big symphony that is best listened to from beginning to end and as loud as your speakers can bare.
Starting of very quiet and simple, he manages to build up tension through the first half of the album climaxing in the epic "Reclaim" my personal favourite. The second half gradually reduces this tension, ending with the very simple but beautiful "Carry Me Anew". Arnalds presents us a full circle, an album that can and should be listened to over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
A beautiful, beautiful album. Highly recommended to all.
This new album, for the first time in Arnald's work, contains vocals. For me, they do nothing to enhance the music he composes, indeed they serve to do the opposite. The vocals seem slightly monotonous and expressionless compared to his previous, non vocal, work. Listening to previous albums by the same composer, I find myself humming along to strings or to a cello/violin line carrying a beautiful or intoxicatingly repetitive tune. This is desperately missing from 'For now I am Winter'. I find myself listening harder and harder to the music but not getting out of it what I did from 'and they have excaped the weight of darkness, or 'living room songs'. For the first time ever I have wondered whether I should skip a track because it simply is not providing me with what I thought it would. The beauty and evocotive music of earlier albums has gone. There is not a track on this album I could identify as touching/connecting with me in a way that I could other albums and tracks (e.g. Ljosio, Lag fyrir Ommu, Bu ert Solin)
This is not to say the album is not listenable to fans of Olafur Arnalds. It contains all the hallmarks of his work, just without the stand out emotive pieces. The vocal tracks remind me of those you can find on the albums of Craig Armstrong with Richter-esque (Max Richter) interludes in Arnald's unique style.
In summary, the album is still clearly contains all the hallmarks of Olafur Arnald's music compostion but, for me, is missing the emotional connection and heartbreaking beauty of other albums. It won't be joining his other work in my most played albums list.
So, the new Olafur Arnalds is somewhat of a departure from previous albums. This album features a full scale orchestra and some songs feature vocals from Arnor Dan.
Personally, I love both changes. The orchestration is beautiful and lush, and adds a sense of urgency in some of the songs (Sudden Throw, Old Skin) that would not be achievable with a few strings.
As for Arnor Dan, I am a fan of his day job as a singer for Agent Fresco. His voice, which can soar to screams with Agent Fresco, is very delicate and fragile here, and adds another layer to the beauty that is For Now I Am Winter.
I guess some old fans will be disappointed that this album hasn't got the same sort of intimacy with the listener as previous albums, but in my opinion it is still there, just maybe in other forms (Arnor Dan's vocals, for instance).
This is, so far, the my favourite album for 2013 and will likely remain so for a while. Sigur Ros's new album in June might be a contender, but until then I will enjoy the beauty that is For Now I Winter.
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A modern classic composer meets singer-songwriting popmusic. Bon Iver meets Scott Matthew and Lone Wolf; what an incredible combination. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Martin Leuvenink
Bought this recording on an impulse when travelling in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Because the young lady that was running the place, recommended it. Read more
For now I am winter is amazingly beautiful. The powerful, haunting, visionary, atmpspheric music we have come to expect fro Olafur ArnaldsPublished 13 months ago by mrs a.smith
ANYTHING BY THIS MAN IS WONDERFUL LATE NIGHT READING MODERN CLASSICAL PIANO / STRING MUSICPublished 16 months ago by Zetetik
The sensitive shades and nuances in Arnald's music will bring you out in goose-bumps. It gets inside your head and transports you to sombre, snowy climes where you can invent your... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Caroline Standish