The Icelandic auteur goes in search of a new universe of neo-classical beauty, and finds it with the help of tools like autonomous player-pianos, and via his restless compositional ambition.
Said ‘instruments’ surface intermittently through the album, adding something like a playful, reichian pulse to his typically aching soundworlds. Arnalds takes the listener through varied moods, employing every facet of his work from the formally innovative to the unabashedly pop. inspired by ryuichi sakamoto and aimed straight at your heartstrings, this is the most complete work yet from this rarest of modern talents. riyl nils frahm, max richter, and sigur ros. “pushing himself to delve deeper and to expand into new territories… the music wraps back around to the beginning like a perfect story, passed down from generation to generation” – a closer listen