Roy Thomson Hall presents
15 years ago, when he started writing music, Ólafur Arnalds was composing for imaginary films – “I was scoring the pictures in my head”. He didn’t imagine anyone else would want to hear the music for those inner visions. Now he’s one of the world’s most popular composers, people very much do want to hear the music he hears to accompany his own mental movies.
Arnalds last finished touring, he decided he was not going to play live as a solo artist until he had something completely new to perform. The record, The fourth ‘official’ solo album by Ólafur Arnalds, re:member, takes the listener through varied moods and feelings, through different musical landscapes and is something brand new to the artist. The composition, the soundtracks, the pop – bursting through, flowering. When the track unfold opens with what sounds like a stream skittering across rocks, it seems apt, because re:member keeps on moving, never tiring or letting the listener get tired. re:member is an album you can’t forget, because every time you hear it something new and wholly unexpected emerges.
“To experience the sheer unfiltered joy of being on stage, seeing crowd smiling and dancing and jumping – that’s the feeling I wanted to bring to my music.”