9/10 Phil Staff review, 08 December 2011
Last October Olafur created a song every day for a week and released them as videos on the tinterweb. He plonked his Macbook in front of him and just recorded the tracks plain and simply. It sounds awesome, too. I think I might start crying. Olafur makes some of the most beautiful moving music ever. The opener is a piano and strings based tune which will destroy you by wrenching your heart right out and leave you a huge quivering mess. This is my kind of neoclassical music and it could have fallen off Max Richter's classic 'The Blue Notebooks'. The tracks continue in that emotive piano and strings vein. There are some tracks with some electronics in and indeed on Near Light it turns into something that could have come out on the Morr label years ago with some indietronica style beats. There's a massive Icelandic vibe going through the music...must be something in the water over there. The songs are rich and complex and 100% engrossing. The whole project reminds me very much of the Found Songs thing he did a few years ago and that blew me away as well. This is cocking marvellous!
9/10 Oliver Customer review, 9th July 2014
This album follows Olafur’s daily release of a new track in video form taken inside his home (hence the title). The minimalistic nature of the album perfectly matches the atmosphere and recording of the album. The opening Fyrsta, with accompanying strings and piano, present a patient, emotive, melancholic piece which will immediately tug at your heart-strings, making you wonder why you’ve never heard this before, and if you ever want to listen to anything ever again. The patient minimalism is a prominent theme throughout the album, but it is not one that grows tiresome. It begins to transfix you as you almost begin to feel your heart beat in time with the keys. The album is reminiscent of his earlier work e.g Variations of Static, but is presented stripped back and bare. The tracks to some degree may feel as though they are not fully formed compositions, but that serves to enhance the emotive link between the listener and artist as he bares his heart through perfectly formed slow arrangements. The work of Olafur Arnalds fits perfectly amongst the neo-classical catalogue of Erased Tapes Records, making it the perfect accompaniment to the label, as well as label-mates Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory for the Sullen. This album sits alongside post-rock and neo-classical music as a something completely engaging and absorbing and not to be snuffed at.
8/10 Mattias Customer review, 6th March 2014
Well, i love this album, used to just have it on spotify, but now to have it on vinyl makes so much more sense ;) Awesome album, with lots of air, and fantastic soundscape.
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