Iceland native Olafur Arnalds has been enchanting audiences worldwide (including us
) with his cinematic, orchestral sounds that blend symphonic classical and dark trip-hop for a truly unique ambiance. The multi-instrumentalist and composer recently released his fourth studio album, For Now I Am Winter
, and we were honored to have him perform at our Launch Pad show at South by Southwest in Austin.
It's hard not to be lulled into a waking dreamland as you listen to Olafur's piano interweave with his string arrangements and haunting beats, and seeing him live makes it all the more intense. An Olafur concert is something of a religious experience: the audience stands still, straight, and silent - even Olafur himself seems rather startled by applause - the music washes a floating sense of calm over the room, and twenty minutes can feel like five. "Only The Winds," one of the singles off of the new record, has a slow build reminiscent of Sigur Ros' ( )
, and gives you a sense of how evocative electronic rhythms can be. Challenge your genre assumptions and enter Olafur's twilit world with our exclusive concert video.