Ólafur Arnalds: Dyad 1909

Dyad 1909

Ólafur Arnalds

  • US $19.99  

  • Release Date 24 June 2013
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10" Single
Erased Tapes

A contemporary dance score for award winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor inspired by Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929). 'My composer for Dyad, Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds, is coming in next week to finish work on the score. It’s an amazing piece of music – it's melancholic and spatial then cuts to extreme rhythmic violence - it's hauntingly inspiring' – Wayne McGregor (Random Dance).

Born in 1987, Ólafur hails from the suburban Icelandic town, Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside of Reykjavík. He has immersed himself completely in a world of delicate symphonic compositions generating near weightless orchestral pieces. Arnalds explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and piano with discreet electronics which makes him a perfect fit for cinematic pop label Erased Tapes. His motivations are clear: 'The classical scene is kind of closed to people who haven't been studying music all their lives. I would like to bring my classical influence to the people who don't usually listen to this kind of music... open people's minds'.

'The work is a fascinating collaboration' (4/5) Guardian
'The sound of cracking ice and freezing winds in Olafur Arnalds's evocative and lyrical score' **** - The Times
'Composer Olafur Arnalds provides an emotional score to this astonishing piece, mixing classical symphonies with avant-garde electronic recordings' - Dazed & Confused
'Following on the heels of established Icelandic musicians such as Bjork, Sigur Ros, GusGus and others, Olafur Arnalds is the latest talent to emerge from this somewhat unlikely North Atlantic sonic hub' - Intelligent Life
'Gorgeous, on-line chamber-glitch success' **** - Uncut
'His most beautiful and beguiling creature yet' (8/10) - Drowned In Sound
'Iceland's best new export, Striking, effective and successful.' (8/10) - Clash
'Takes you back to the pre-digital days, when music was simply beautiful' - Magnet


1. Frá upphafi
2. Lokaðu augunum (Dyad 1909 version)
3. Brotsjór
4. Við vorum smá... (Dyad 1909 version)
5. 3326
6. Til enda
7. ...og lengra

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