Ólöf Arnalds - Palme
Ólöf Arnalds returns with a brand new album, ‘Palme’, her fourth, released via One Little Indian.
‘Palme’ represents Ólöf ́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, ‘Við og Við’ (2007), ‘Innundir Skinni’ (2009) and ‘Sudden Elevation’ (2013).
On ‘Palme’ Ólöf is sensitively backed by two trusted collaborators and friends; Gunnar Örn Tynes (founder of electro-folk collective múm) and once again, long-term musical foil Skúli Sverrisson (who has also worked with luminaries Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Blonde Redhead).
The constant here, of course, is Ólöf’s effortlessly distinctive vocal. A voice “that can silence a room, such is its sweetness,” as a bowled over Time Out NY once opined. Here on ‘Palme’ it has never been so poignant nor powerfully intoxicating.
“Extraordinary 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
“Innocently nostalgic and powerfully feminine” - Uncut