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Innundir Skinni

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Vinur Minn
Innundir Skinni
Crazy Car
Svif Birki
Altt í Gúddí
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 32:36

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J. Edward Keyes


Joe Keyes writes about music.

A witches' brew of wonderful, entrancing folk music
2010 | Label: One Little Indian / The Orchard

Ólöf Arnalds' small, wonderful debut, the politely-mysterious Vid og Vid, seemed beamed in from another world, its delicate lullabies and slow-curling ballads seeming wholly, unidentifiably alien. It wasn't that the songs were menacing — it was more that her porcelain songcraft had no clear aesthetic equal — she was a placid, saucer-eyed extraterrestrial mother cooing softly by the fireplace. With each pass, the record grew more enchanting, its language and rhythms becoming familiar, comforting.

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Her first CD, Vig og Vio, was a small piece of folk/faerie magic, and this one is a slightly bigger piece of folk/faerie magic. Surely she's descended from the Hyperboreans. Well, I'M enchanted anyway. Exquisite music and voice.

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A UK label but not a UK release?


Not sure what OLI are playing at this can be listened to for FREE in the UK on Spotify but you can't BUY it on eMusic? Hummmm....

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After a year that included an avalanche of critical praise as well as performances with Björk, Blonde Redhead and Dirty Projectors, Ólöf Arnalds would have been forgiven for taking a few months off. In a relatively short period of time, the Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist had won over audiences with the spellbinding vocals and delicate arrangements on her debut, Vid og Vid. Instead she returned to the studio and brought a new batch of songs… more »

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On her 2010 album, at least with its first song “Vinur Minn,” Ólöf Arnalds makes a great claim to be the 21st century version of Isabelle Antena: building on her previous work with easy skill, there’s a cinematic lushness to Innundir Skinni right out of the gate that feels almost like a travelog, on the one hand, or a series of intimate, personal reflections on the other. If most of the rest of Innundir Skinni tends toward the calmer side, then there’s still that sense of an easygoing reach that’s almost breezy throughout; Arnalds sounds engaged and wide-eyed rather than playing in a nook, and on a song like “Jonathon” there’s even a slight sense of how she could find her own version of a pop hit if she ever wanted to (assuming that pop was defined by David Sylvian’s “Orpheus”). Her shifting between English and Icelandic lyrics further emphasizes the dual nature of Innundir Skinni. When she sings “You got mojo, you got soul” on “Crazy Car” it seems like a strange intrusion at first, then more like a way to rework the tropes of the past into a delicate, understated meditation, with guitar and a bit of piano the only backing for her and Ragnar Kjartansson’s singing. “Surrender” is another English-language high point, though in ways it’s more because of the arrangement than the language, as you hear her slow building self-overdub on the chorus as the harp parts and Björk’s immediately obvious cameo appearance. At points like “Vinkonur,” there’s a superficial similarity to performers like Joanna Newsom, but Arnalds’ way around delicate arrangements and higher-pitched singing has its own distinct quality, and is, perhaps, a little less florid all around. – Ned Raggett

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