Icelandic singer/songwriter Olof Arnalds is a critic’s darling, and that likely won’t change with her upcoming album, “Innundir Skinni.” She’s recently released the title track from the album, out September 14th on One Little Indian, for free download.
The album marks a bit of a departure for Arnalds, including three tracks sung in English. An added bonus: Fellow Icelandic artist Bjork adds her vocals to album track “Surrender.”
Of the album, Arnalds had the following to say:
‘With my first record I was more surprised with myself writing songs and felt very shy about the process. The songs all came in a period of a few months and I was all at once, writing, playing them to my friends, recording them and starting to perform them. My aim with Innundir skinni was for it to be a musical development from the first album, yet random and close to my sub-conscious like Við og við. Of course that aim was challenged by how the album ended up being created in short interludes with many collaborators over a considerable amount of time. But I´m happy with the outcome. The album as a whole ended up being in charge of me rather than me being in charge of it, so the process and the album became what I wanted it to be. I owe that to my collaborators who all showed an enormous amount of patience in playing again and again to get the feel right, allowing me to throw things away, change things, etc. And of course to myself as well for daring to have the last word on what I wanted and putting the emphasis on emotional essence rather than construction of elements.’
Check out Olof Arnalds – Innundir Skinni below!