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Ólafur Arnalds

'Late Night-Tales'

8/10

  • Kristan Caryl
  • 22 May 2016
Ólafur Arnalds

It makes perfect sense that hot on the heels of Nils Frahm’s excellent entry into this series comes one from his frequent musical sparring, Ólafur Arnalds.

Together the pair have made ambient and classical music super hot in recent years, but here the Icelander shows a different side, and one that finds common ground between moody techno and bass as much as the experimental instrumentals he is celebrated for.

In what is - incredibly, given the cohesion of it all - his first ever proper mix, the man who won a BAFTA for his soundtrack to Broadchurch stitches his own sombre and beatless exclusives into rainy, greyscale pop, intimate ambient and frosty bass like it ain’t no thing beautiful.

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