Ólafur Arnalds - LateNightTales: Ólafur Arnalds (2016)
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Ólafur Arnalds - LateNightTales: Ólafur Arnalds (2016)

Artist: Ólafur Arnalds -
Title: LateNightTales: Ólafur Arnalds
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: LateNightTales
Genre: Electronic, Classical
Quality: Mp3, 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 1:09:23
Total Size: 158 MB / 318 MB
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Ólafur Arnalds' installment of the LateNightTales mix series is typically eclectic and unpredictable, functioning as a dreamlike collage geared for after-hours listening rather than the average mix CD intended to replicate a club DJ's set. As with most artists who are approached to create a volume of the series, neo-classical composer Arnalds is from far outside the world of DJ culture, so his mix has a much different sense of pacing than one by a typical DJ. It starts out with a very grainy recording of an Icelandic folk tune before shifting into the weightless, ethereal vocals of Julianna Barwick. It doesn't take too long before the mix turns to beat-driven material, and the tracks are generally midtempo and combine electronic and acoustic elements along with delicate melodies. Jamie xx's remix of Four Tet's "Lion" stands out with its combination of sparse pianos, heavy U.K. garage beats, and miles of open space. Halfway through, the mix takes a turn for the sad and weepy, with a track from James Blake's second album followed by lo-fi alt-R&B Internet sensation Spooky Black. Arnalds and collaborator Arnór Dan contribute a melodramatic string and piano cover of Destiny's Child's inescapable hit "Say My Name," which seems intent on completely sucking out all the joy and playfulness of the original and turning it into a morose dirge. The next few selections step away from vocals, and they include previously unreleased pieces from Kiasmos (Arnalds' techno duo with Bloodgroup's Janus Rasmussen) and Arnalds himself. Then the mix gets even more dejected with an over-emotive, endless piano ballad by Icelandic group Hjaltalín. As with most of the LateNightTales compilations, this one ends with a spoken word story, ending with the proclamation "You've been listening to LateNightTales, music and stories worth staying up for." Considering the emotional arc of this mix, it seems likely that the listener will have fallen asleep crying by that point. There's some fine music on it, but it's not recommended if you're expecting pleasant dreams.
Tracks:
01 Hjálmar Lárusson & Jónbjörn Gíslason - Jómsvíkingarímur - Yta Eigi Feldi Rór (1:09)
02 Julianna Barwick - Forever (4:25)
03 Koreless - Last Remnants (4:04)
04 Odesza - How Did I Get Here (Instrumental) (1:40)
05 Anois - A Noise (3:56)
06 Samaris - Góða Tungl (4:06)
07 Ólafur Arnalds - RGB (3:41)
08 Rival Consoles - Pre (3:53)
09 Four Tet - Lion (Jamie xx Remix) (5:36)
10 Jai Paul - Jasmine (Demo) (4:05)
11 James Blake - Our Love Comes Back (3:37)
12 Spooky Black - Pull (4:00)
13 Ólafur Arnalds - Say My Name (4:58)
14 Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - And Still They Move (2:52)
15 Kiasmos - Orgoned (5:21)
16 Ólafur Arnalds - Kinesthesia I (1:22)
17 Hjaltalín - Ethereal (6:51)
18 David Tennant - Undone (3:47)
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