Now this one caught me a little off guard. Right in the middle of an enjoyable run through the new Interpol album my Zen decided, without warning, to shift focus to something entirely different. Not sure why it happened but I am relieved it did. Ã“lÃ¶f Arnalds is an Icelandic graduate who released her debut album last year. She has already collaborated with Mum but ‘ViÃ° og ViÃ°’ (‘Now and Then’) was entirely her own work. And a magnificently unique piece of music it is too, take a listen to ‘I Nyju Husi’ and bask in its singular take on hushed folk. You may hear shards of Kate Bush, Stina Nordenstam and her style closely maps Vashti Bunyan but Arnalds is pretty much out on her own. ‘I Nyju Husi’ is bare except from a gentle chord progression and Arnalds falsetto, inspiring an enchanting and otherworldly sense of wonder. KD
Ã“lÃ¶f Arnalds – I Nyju Husi
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