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Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds is a BAFTA-award winning artist, composer, musician and producer from Iceland celebrated for his haunting musical style, combining elements for ambient, classical and electronic music. Ólafur’s five solo albums and his numerous other projects and collaborative albums, including electronic duo Kiasmos with Janus Rasmussen, have garnered massive praise from critics and fans alike and cemented his place as one of the most influential composers of modern times.

Ólafur has also been praised for extensive soundtrack work, including the Emmy-nominated main theme for Defending Jacob and Broadchurch, for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Original Music.

His latest album, some kind of peace, is a journey of Ólafur’s personal and creative growth, set against the backdrop of a chaotic world. Within, you’ll find a self-confessed perfectionist grappling with the messier realities of everyday life: the possibilities of love, of settling down, and how to navigate all of that during a global pandemic (the album was half-written prior to lockdown, and completed at Arnalds’ harbour studio in downtown Reykjavik). What’s emerged on ‘some kind of peace’ is a record about letting your guard down, and ultimately what it means to be alive.