ABOUT LIVING ROOM SONGS:
Icelandic contemporary composer Ólafur Arnalds created and released a new song, one per day for one for one whole week during the month of October 2011. The songs were recorded and filmed live in the living room of his Reykjavik apartment and released instantly for free as streamed videos and mp3 downloads.
Thousands of fans followed this exciting project online at: livingroomsongs.olafurarnalds.com
Living Room Songs will now also be released on CD, Vinyl, Ltd. Special Edition CD & DVD and as High Quality Downloads on December 5th via Erased Tapes.
Following in the spirit of Ólafur Arnalds’ critically acclaimed Found Songs (2009) now comes Living Room Songs. This time Ólafur takes the idea further and invites the audience into the comfort of his living room, where the songs were recorded live and the whole process filmed. The songs were instantly released in form of a free mp3 download and video stream- straight from Ólafur’s Reykjavik apartment.
IN HIS OWN WORDS: ‘One night I was just playing my piano here in this apartment and I was writing a new song and I didn’t have my phone on me which I usually use to record ideas. So I actually took out my MacBook and I didn’t want to open like a proper recording program, so I just opened Photo Booth and recorded a video of myself playing the song so that I would remember the song. And I really liked the atmosphere of that video and that’s when I thought I should do a series of songs in my living room…’ – Ólafur Arnalds
Born in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, the 24-year old composer has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and his live-shows. Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut Eulogy for Evolution. Ólafur Arnalds’ second full-length album …and they have escaped the weight of darkness, continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements. Ólafur is currently touring with Ryuichi Sakamoto on his Trio Tour throughout Europe.
‘The indie kid who knows the score’ – Guardian’s Observer
‘Timeless and sublime’ **** – Uncut
‘An artist of immense maturity’ (9/10) – Drowned In Sound
‘Hotwired to the soul. …will reduce you to wordless tears’ – The Quietus
II. Near Light
III. Film Credits
IV. Tomorrow’s Song
VI. Lag Fyrir Ömmu
VII. This Place Is A Shelter