ÌÒl̦f Arnalds - Palme
ÌÒl̦f Arnalds returns with a brand new album, ‰Û÷Palme‰۪, her fourth, released via One Little Indian.
‰Û÷Palme‰۪ represents ÌÒl̦f í?s most collaborative effort to date and also perhaps her most profoundly sensual and affecting. Musically, it offers up an astonishing wellspring of fresh ideas and playful experimentation that move the sound on from the acoustic approach that predominantly defined her first three records, ‰Û÷Vi̡ og Vi̡‰۪ (2007), ‰Û÷Innundir Skinni‰۪ (2009) and ‰Û÷Sudden Elevation‰۪ (2013).
On ‰Û÷Palme‰۪ ÌÒl̦f is sensitively backed by two trusted collaborators and friends; Gunnar ÌÐrn Tynes (founder of electro-folk collective m̼m) and once again, long-term musical foil Sk̼li Sverrisson (who has also worked with luminaries Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Blonde Redhead).
The constant here, of course, is ÌÒl̦f‰۪s effortlessly distinctive vocal. A voice ‰ÛÏthat can silence a room, such is its sweetness,‰ as a bowled over Time Out NY once opined. Here on ‰Û÷Palme‰۪ it has never been so poignant nor powerfully intoxicating.
‰ÛÏExtraordinary voice, at once lilting and weighted with emotion... The drama here is all in Arnalds‰۪ delivery, which would be remarkable even if she were singing from the Yellow Pages‰ - Q
‰ÛÏInnocently nostalgic and powerfully feminine‰ - Uncut