SONG: Þú ert sólin by Ólafur Arnalds

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I suppose you could think of this as an unofficial continuation or addendum to Niels’ ‘Studious’ mix.

‘Þú ert sólin’ showcases everything I love about neo-classical artist Ólafur Arnalds’ music (and reminds me how woefully inadequate I am in the ability to express what makes it so moving.)

I’ll always be amazed at musicians (and Ólafur in particular) in their ability to create so much with what seems to be so little sound. ‘Þú ert sólin’ is a lone piano and a set of strings, but what Ólafur does with them is simply beyond beautiful.

The strings played behind the piano throughout the first half of the song are almost imperceptible but they slowly build with a tension that culminates at the 1:30 mark. But what really amazes me is that the tension created by the strings and piano doesn’t culminate into some overly dramatic cannonade of sound, it just didn’t need to, but it might as well have. It really shows the power behind Ólafur Arnalds’ sparse compositions.

Mr. Arnalds’ new album …and They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness is set to be released July 5th, in the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous little sampling.

mp3: Ólafur Arnalds – Þú ert sólin
from the album …and They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness (pre-order)

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