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Ólafur Arnalds - 'For Now I Am Winter'

by JamieBrooker
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on 04 March 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Mercury Music
Rating 9/10

Ólafur Arnalds is a modern day classical composer who has been around for a number of years with a large back catalogue of releases put out by the record label Erased Tapes. For Now I Am Winter is Ólafur’s first venture on his new label Mercury Classics and his first on a major label. But the trend of emotive, well thought-out, captivating compositions is one that does not abate on For Now I Am Winter. Every subtle nuance is considered and methodical Ólafur is pushing boundaries that he himself has set with this new record. It also features Ólafur’s first arrangements that include a vocal element; this change adds a new flavour to the mix and one that works beautifully. Given Ólafur has already proven he has a winning formula when it comes to writing classical music he’s also shown he’s not one to back down from taking on new ventures either. For Now I Am Winter is an album, which showcases an artist hitting high notes once again and despite the changes made in order for this record to be released, the quality of Ólafur’s writing capability is showing no signs of fading and instead is even gaining in strength.

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