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Choice discoverys .
on 4 December 2009
In April 2009, Iceland's neo-classical export Ólafur Arnalds created the 7-song series `Found Songs' - recording a song a day for 7 days and instantly making each track available via Twitter.
Not being a twitterer myself , if that is the correct collective noun, I instead opted to wait for the inevitable CD compilation of these tracks and so here they are. Found Songs is predominantly built round very traditional instruments, shaping music for piano and chamber strings and then adding an array of electronic elements that have been toned down from previous releases.
Each track is based on a theme invoking the concept of lost and found, musical sketches , that flick and traipse elegantly through the atmosphere and landscape of a world of structured ethereality if that's not an oxymoron. It's a short set, a little over twenty minutes, but what Arnalds brings forth is an impressive amount of emotion in little time and space.
"Erlas Waltz " just features extremely tasteful Eric Satie style piano whereas the next track the utterly sublime "Raein" utilises some of the most weep inducing strings since Ennio Morricone."Allt vard hlijott" forgoes the piano totally for more lamenting strings and curious echoing ambient noises like someone tickling glass. "Faun " could accompany any extremely moving scene from a film or TV drama, though this music would in all likelihood be the most moving thing about it , and while "Ljosid " has pretty piano the strings once again bleed into the structure of the song inducing heartbreak.
There is nothing original about Found Songs and if I'm honest it will barely raise a sigh on the worlds consciousness which is a shame because for 20 or so minutes it bathes the world in the sort of fragile beauty and splendour it really does not have enough of.