Ólafur Arnalds is a Neo-Classical multi-instrumentalist from Iceland who creates orchestral compositions with electronic undertones. Neo-classical isn’t exactly a fan fave these days, but Arnalds cannot be ignored. Last April, he created an album entitled Found Songs, a one week project during which he created a new track every day and made it available on a special page on the Erased Tapes website. Arnalds then asked fans to post photos that they felt best matched the music.
The resulting songs are full of delicate layers that bleed emotion and reach heights usually reserved for his friends Sigur Rós, with whom he’s toured extensively. Poetic, cinematic and downright gorgeous, the music stays with you and raises the hair on the back of your neck. Check out the graceful video (above) for the Found Songs track “Ljósið”, and keep an eye out for his currently untitled new album in the near future.