Olafur Arnalds – Found Songs



I am starting this post with a link, simply because the first thing you should do before reading this post is go back to the top of the page and click on the link and visit the site.

Ok, so now you’ve done that you may continue…….

………Anyone who reads this blog will know that I am a massive fan of Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds. Though only 21, the man has a couple of records to his name (1 album and 1 ep) as well as having supported Sigur Ros across Europe. His music is simply stunningly beautiful and his work has been on regular repeat on my stereo whenever I need to chill out. And now he has embarked upon this wonderful new project called Found Songs, which basically sees him composing, recording and releasing a song a day for this entire week. It’s day 4 now and the first 3 days have been nothing short of brilliant. If I am honest, this is a very brave project, it’s a big commitment to say you have 7 songs in your locker but to find them within a week and for them to be as good as they have been so far is quite stunning. And its not just the music. In addition to the music, he has actively encouraged people to send him art, inspired by the music he posts on the site. He then posts his favourites on his facebook page and apparently, plans are afoot to release a limited edition vinyl with the pictures included sometime later in the year. Personally, I think this is a wonderful project. It’s exciting. It’s fresh and it leaves the artist very vulnerable given the commitment to produce a song daily. This is what music is all about for me. Creating and sharing. He is making the songs available for free download. He is asking people to colaborate with him in the form of sending him art inspired by his music. I love how he’s interacting with his fans in such a positive and creative way. Projects like this inspire me. Music like this inspire me and makes me want to sit at my piano and write. So please, if you’ve never heard Olafur Arnalds’ music, pop across to the Erased Tapes site (a wonderful record label by the way) and check him out now. You will not be disappointed.

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