Icelandic folk singer Ólöf Arnalds will be releasing her first US release Við og Við through One Little Indian on November 17th. Two fall performances include the opening of the Roni Horn Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art on November 6th where Ólöf performs with Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur rós & Rockwood Music Hall on November 9th.
Ólöf Arnalds has been a prominent figure in her native music scene for several years as a member of Múm. However, it is Ólöf’s solo debut, Við og Við that continues to garner widespread acclaim. Produced by Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur rós, it won Best Alternative Album at the 2007 Iceland Music Awards as well as Record of the Year at Iceland’s largest daily newspaper, Morgunblaðið. Despite release only in Iceland, word of mouth earned Við og Við high profile plaudits in the U.S. including a #38 ranking in Paste Magazine’s Top 100 Albums of 2007 and #81 in eMusic’s editors Best albums of 2008 list.
Við og Við’s recent Stateside popularity has seen Ólöf play with the likes of Blonde Redhead, Jonathan Richman, Björk and The Dirty Projectors. Ólöf’s recent run of U.S. dates has been covered extensively with publication ranging from Vanity Fair, New York Times, Village Voice and Time Out New York chiming in with praise.
Ólöf recently finished recording her second album, Ókídókí at Sigur rós’ Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. It’s a more ambitious project than her debut featuring elaborate arrangements and vocals sung both in English and Icelandic.
Ókídókí will be out in Spring 2010
More information at: myspace.com/olofarnalds
Author: World Music Central News Department
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