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For Now I Am Winter


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The world of Ólafur Arnalds expands April 12 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
For those who have been following the recordings and performances of Icelandic composer and artist Ólafur Arnalds ths new recording will bring some surprises. Though only 26 years old Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who started as a drummer for a series of metal bands in his native Iceland. His entry into the neo-classical field was somewhat accidental. Now in this new set of works he is joined by the talents of classically oriented composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Arnór Dan Arnarson and the result is an orchestration of Arnalds `music that is mind expanding and very atmospheric and moody.

Critic Matt Cibula has phrased it best and it is only fitting to quote him here: `First, become afflicted. Unclench your well-lined fists, open the door in the brick wall that surrounds your heart. Let the sadness of modern life wash over you like a waterfall, like a cold shower, like a breakup, a breakdown, a breakthrough. It takes a lot of control to keep it together in these times, and a lot of self-discipline to keep that control together. Just let it go; not all the way, because that way madness lies; just for a few minutes. Secondly, put on your best walking boots and go outside. The air is still a little chilly up here, especially in the mornings, although it's probably better wherever you are, but it's full of spring, of renewal, even hope: Easter, Passover, Spring Break, Opening Day. Let the sun hit you in the eyes so you have to squint; let the soft rain moisten your hair; see the rabbits and the sanitation workers do their early-morning jobs. Shops are opening, school buses are warming up, but the machine is not fully operational yet. Thirdly, allow yourself to truly feel this record. Don't worry about what kind of music Ólafur Arnalds makes. It's pop, but it's not; it's classical, but it's also electronic; it's jazz and it's rock and it's ambient and it's none of these things and all of them. Categories melt, boundaries are clearly meaningless. In the right light, that will be okay.'

Few could phrase it better. This is new music and it invites appreciation. Grady Harp, April 13
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful music, mediocre packaging April 4 2013
By Sterre - Published on Amazon.com
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THE AMAZON TRACK-LISTING IS INCORRECT (but it works in our favor).
The cd contains 14 tracks, not 12. The 13 and 14 tracks are remixes of For Now I Am Winter by Nilsfrahm and Kiasomos. This is part of the US only release.

Olafur is an amazing artist. For me, this is his best overall album yet. Sometimes on previous CDs the violin in the background could get irritating on the ears after a while; it came off as rough and over-powering. 'For Now I Am Winter' sounds smoother. His sound has developed and this album represents a bigger departure from his old music. I could see long time fans adoring this while attracting new fans. I would highly recommend this album to other people.
The vocals were an excellent new addition to the songs. In most music today, the vocals are the main focus of the song with a heavy bass backing it up. That is not the case here; the vocals are another instrument. The songs seem to be more complex than his previous music. It's really subtle and how different sounds flow in to each other is amazingly done. The whole album is a work of art. The songs flow smoothly from one track to the next. There is no long annoying gap in between tracks, which really works for this album. It is the perfect CD to play without constantly skipping or repeating song to set a certain tone. I could easily sit and listen to this album in one sitting, or I could use it as background music while studying. It is a very versatile album. 'For Now I Am Winter' has a long musical shelf-life. It won't be easily dated or restricted to a certain group of listeners. I can see people buying this album 20 years from now.

The only con for this album is the packaging. The work put in to this album is evident in every little detail, which makes it all the more disappointing that the actual CD case feels cheap. Olafur was extremely active in getting fans to participate in creating the album. The art in the booklet is fan-submitted and those who pre-ordered have their name in the linger notes. This makes it difficult for me to understand why he chose the case he did. It is a paper-trifold case. In the left pocket is the booklet. The booklet fits the theme of the music well, but isn't much to write about. The middle and right pockets contain details about the musicians and credits. The right pocket contains the CD. The CD itself was hard to get out and yet the case stills managed to feel unprotective. In comparison, David Bowie's new album 'The Next Day' is also a paper trifold, but feels much nicer. It has a plastic spot to 'pop' the CD in. This makes the case more sturdy. 'For Now I Am Winter' has a squished appearance from the side. I am attaching two pictures for comparison. I would repurchase the album again, especially since the price difference between the mp3 album and the physical copy is only $1.50. However, I did feel that it was worth noting.

I feel bad for writing nearly as much about the packaging as I did about this musical masterpiece. On that note, congratulations Olafur for making this. It is truly a gift to be able to listen to it.
Music from A Cold Land **Zankyou no Terror brought me here** Oct. 14 2014
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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After being introduced to Arnor Dan's voice through the Zankyou no Terror OST by Yoko Kanno, I just had to buy more of his work because it just wasn't enough. This album is a collaborative piece by Olafur Arnalds and Arnor Dan and it sounds so gorgeous.

Personally, I've always wanted to explore more Icelandic music because I've been a longtime fan of Bjork since I was young.

This album does not disappoint and I love listening to it on sunny fall days when I'm driving. It makes the world seem quiet and peaceful. ^^
Wow! April 14 2014
By Bethesda Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first experience with Arnalds' music, but it will not be my last. The sound is mesmerizing, with haunting vocals that rise up our of the instrumental music. Sometimes I play the CD and give it my full attention, which is rewarding, and at other times I play it as atmospheric background while reading something serious. While I bought the CD in the midst of a very dark and cold winter, it still sounds good in the spring.
Great Album Feb. 6 2014
By Marta - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband and I heard a song on 'So You Think You Can Dance' and we loved the music and voice. The whole album is great.


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