Through music you can touch someone’s deepest desires. That is what this mix album Late Night Tales by Ólafur Arnalds is about as he says “This is a soundtrack of my life”.  Get ready to journey on with Arnalds on this life reflecting mix as we start with Hjálmar Lárusson and Jónbjörn Gíslason – “Jómsvíkingarímur  ýta feldi eigi rór” and begin the thoughts of life through chants of the world. Then the evolution grows with  Julianna Barwick’s, “Forever” through an atmospheric chorus of angels as Ólafur is born.  With musical influences from from Koreless and Odesza we journey with the statuesque Icelander though glorious sounds and mixed genres. Finding peace at heart Anois distributes those soulful loving vibes that grow with the lyrics in “ SAMARIS ‘Góða tungl’” which says in English, Kind moon…sweetly at the silver lining….leave the suffering hearts in darkness. Ólafur has found his light in life transgression into his own track “RGB” an elegant track that whispers the sweetness of strings combined with synths. We groove on through the journey with good times and sexy vibes. Spooky Black “Pull” slows the vibe back down with slight sorrow feels mixed with deep soul connections. Then a classical remix of Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”, because Ólafur is growing inside and starting to win awards including the 2014 BAFTA best original music composition for television. His name is now known to many. Life keeps on grinding hard, it’s important now to step back and relax to “Kinesthesia I”, meditate and take a moment to enjoy the beauty the world gives. The close out with a story and listen to the spoken words David Tennant. Cuddle up lovers, this one is a soul journey.


Ólafur Arnalds -Late Night Tales

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Becky Nutt
Contributing Editor