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NEW ALBUM some kind of peace OUT NOW



“Icily cinematic, Arnalds has a widescreen future.” — MOJO (4 Stars)


“His sense of melody I find to be transcendent [...] This collaboration is stunning.” — Bob Boilen, NPR Music on “Back To The Sky” (Feat. JFDR)


“An electronic orchestral soundscape…” — Cool Hunting, on “Loom”


09 NOVEMBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - Last Friday, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds released some kind of peace, his most open, honest, and personal album to date. In conjunction the album’s release, Arnalds presents a new video for standout track,“The Bottom Line” (Feat. Josin). Beginning with a foundation of melancholy strings, “The Bottom Line” blooms with airy keys and Josin’s emotional voice. 


"'The Bottom Line' is first and foremost about growth,” says Arnalds. “Josin spent a week with me in my studio in Iceland during a transformational period in both our lives. She is someone I have admired for years and I am thrilled that we were able to connect and share our experiences through this piece of music."


This piece is about finding salvation by breaking it down to nothing but your existence, only being able to reach,” says Josin. “Sinking to your deepest inner self and accepting all the emotions that you have successfully held down. Working with Olafur was so much fun. It was intuitive and very inspiring for me in terms of writing process and production. Born out of many talks and personal experiences. And based on friendship.


The video for “The Bottom Line” presents flowers dancing in synch with the song alongside timelapse footage by Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto.


Recorded at his studio at the harbour in downtown Reykjavik, some kind of peace is about what it means to be alive, daring to be vulnerable and the importance of rituals. Arnalds weaves real-world pieces of his life story throughout the album, masterfully using sampling techniques to give the listener a window into his experiences.


Arnalds will be closing the first night of Iceland Airwaves’ virtual festival, “Live from Reykjavík,” taking place November 13-14. His set will feature mostly new material, being played live for the very first time ever. Look for his exclusive #LiveFromReykjavík set on Friday-night at 11pm GMT (same time in ET, PT and AEDT).


Finally, Arnalds announces his participation in In Wonder, the forthcoming film from Shawn Mendes, with score by Arnalds. In Wonder will be available November 23rd via Netflix. Watch the trailer here.


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