Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds returned earlier this year with stunning new track ‘re:member’, recorded on pioneering new Stratus software, two ”self-playing, semi-generative player pianos”.
He’s now announced details of his new album of the same name, his fourth studio album which will be out in August via Mercury KX.
In line with the album announce, he’s also shared a new track called ‘unfold’, featuring SOHN, and we’ve got the first play of its gorgeous new video.
Mixing the opposing forces of a sweaty dancefloor and the icy ocean, the video sits perfectly alongside the track’s subtle power; twinkly piano sits behind forceful thuds of strings and rises and falls with ease.
‘re:member’ comes out on 24th August, and the Icelander is set to take the record on a world tour, which runs for the rest of the year, finishing in his hometown of Reykjavik just before Christmas.
“This is my breaking out-of-a-shell album,” he says of the album in a press release. ”It’s me taking the raw influences that I have from all these different musical genres and not filtering them. It explores the creative process and how one can manipulate that to get out of the circle of expectations and habit.”
View the tracklisting for ‘re:member’, the new ‘unfold’ video and the world tour dates below.
02 unfold (ft. SOHN)
06 they sink
11 ekki hugsa
14 Barcelona, Sonar Festival
21 San Francisco, Regency Ballroom *sold out*
22 Los Angeles, The Cathedral Sanctuary *sold out*
23 Chicago, Thalia Hall *sold out*
24 Toronto, Luminato Festival *sold out*
28 Quebec, Palais Montcalm
29 Montreal, Jazz Festival *sold out*
30 New York, Le Poison Rouge *sold out*
01 New York, Murmrr Theater
26 Brighton, The Dome
27 Bath, Forum
28 Birmingham, Town Hall
29 Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms
30 Manchester, Albert Hall
01 Dublin, National Concert Hall *sold out*
02 Cork, Opera House
05 Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie *sold out*
07 Kurhaus, Wiesbaden
08 Ludwigsburg, Forum
09 Wroclaw, Narodowe
10 Leipzig, Gewandhaus
11 Berlin, Tempodrom
12 Prague, Lucerna
15 Linz, Posthof
16 Milan, Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo
17 Zurich, Volkshaus
21 Lyon, Auditorium
22 Bordeaux, Theatre Femina
23 Toulouse, Halle aux Grains
24 Paris, Salle Pleyel
25 Antwerpen, Queen Elisabeth Hall
27 Nijmegen, Concertgebouw De Vereeniging
28 Groningen, Oosterpoort
29 Rotterdam, Schouwburg
30 London, Palladium
31 London, Palladium
18 Reykjavík, Harpa