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Ólafur Arnalds: Found Songs (2009)

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Published April 21, 2010

Found Songs is a project Ólafur Arnalds undertook last year. It involved
writing, recording and mixing a track every day for a week, then giving
them away for free via his Twitter account. The result is a twenty
minute mini album containing tracks that are sparse and minimal, 
switching away from electronic percussion and with the piano and violin
forming the central soundscape.
And such are the feelings of loss, pain and melancholy that pervade
through the album’s minor keys, what Arnalds seems to have done is make a
soundtrack for possibly the world’s saddest film, if that existed—a
film that would probably contain death, cancer, incest, addiction and a
bag of kittens being tossed into a river in the first ten minutes.
Admittedly, some people may find the album a little cold and lacking in
depth due to the shortness of the tracks. But given some time and the
right setting, its soft tones have a notable calming effect.


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