We Contain Multitudes was written at a friend's cabin, late at night, on a tiny electric keyboard. At the time I had spent so much time away from what I had considered home, almost setting up a separate life on the other side of the planet. My mind was going through a process of learning to live in two vastly different cultures, of recognising that within one body there are multitudes of different and often contradictory facets of personality. Here I perform it live from my home in Reykjavík.
It's as if the pianos were haunted. Somewhere about midway through this Tiny Desk, as Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds performed on his electronic keyboard, two upright pianos were playing lilting melodies behind him, absent any performer at the keys. And yet these "ghosts," along with Ólafur's band of strings and percussion, put together some of the most beautiful music I've heard at the Tiny Desk, made all the more mysterious through its presentation.
Taken from Ólafur Arnalds' revived and reissued 'Eulogy For Evolution 2017' album edition.
Words from the video director Eilifur Örn: "We travel through the circle of life from a family’s perspective by watching them at the dinner table over decades. The idea came instantly after I heard the song. I met with Òli and pitched him the idea. He told me that more or less I had just described the concept of the album, so we went ahead and started planning. In the end we ended up shooting the video in Òli´s childhood home where he wrote the very same song."
Broadchurch returns to screen with its third and final series, featuring original music by Ólafur Arnalds. ’The Final Chapter’ video features exclusive scenes that were not included in the original television broadcast.
Music video featuring Ólafur Arnalds performing The Final Chapter. (C) 2017 Kudos, Under exclusive licence to Mercury KX, a Division of Decca Music Group Ltd
On the 28th of July 2015 Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm met up at Nils's Durton Studio in Berlin, and invited Alexander Schneider and his camera to document it. But instead of ending the session after the first take we continued to improvise throughout the night, ending up with several new pieces written and recorded in 8 hours with no overdubs and no edits.
“When I was asked to do the next installation of the Late Night Tales series I thought "This will be fun and easy, only a couple of days work. No problem!". Six months later, I was still pulling my hair out in some kind of quest to make the perfect mix. As someone who has never really done mixes before, I learned a lot of things along the way and the whole experience was very inspiring. I decided to approach the mix in a similar way as I would one of my scores. This is the soundtrack of my life. I included songs from many of my friends and collaborators and tried to deliver a mix that represents who I am as an artist and where my influences are coming from - both personally and musically.” - Ólafur Arnalds, March 2016