Ólafur Arnalds’ sophomore album …and they have escaped the weight of darkness to see North American release June 8

Ólafur Arnalds’ sophomore album …and they have escaped the weight of darkness to see North American release June 8

Icelandic neo-classical artist Ólafur Arnalds has announced the release of his second full-length album, …and they have escaped the weight of darkness, in North America on June 8th via Erased Tapes (Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm).


…and they have escaped the weight of darkness will herald another intense year for Arnalds: the album will set off a world tour, starting in China in March 2010. It will also bring him to the UK for his first performance with a full-blown symphonic orchestra conducted by André de Ridder (Nico Muhly/Damon Albarn) on July 1 at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The 23-year-old composer is bringing his beguiling electronic chamber pop and classical compositions to destinations the world over, with sights set on the US and Canada later this year.

“Mature, modern explorations of life and its unexpected joys, rendering Arnalds increasingly visible”. -Best of What’s Next, Paste Magazine

“Tiny yet detailed scenes in music boxes, charming and sad…, hint at a formidable future for Arnalds” – Pitchfork



“…Arnalds’ mostly instrumental songs, which fall somewhere between contemporary classical and experimental electronica, are gorgeously textured sketches with as much restrained hope as melancholia.” – Robin Hilton, NPR

“More accomplished than ever before” (8/10) – Drowned In Sound

“Gorgeous, on-line chamber-glitch success'”**** – Uncut

“This modern, maybe post-modern, release takes you back to the pre-digital days,
when music was simply beautiful” – Magnet

“Arnalds possesses a deft ear for theme that many composers thrice his age lack” – Exclaim!


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