This album seems to have been glossed over stateside and probably rightly so since it hasn't seen a full release here yet. Við Og Við the debut solo release from Múm collaborator Ólöf Arnalds is a delicate and playful album full of sweet, hushed instrumentation. Arnalds sings like a private music box full of indecipherable good wishes and storybook wonders. Her voice is delicate but surprisingly full, for as quiet as it is, it can really fill up a room. Though this is most likely because after 3 notes all the air seems to rush out of the room and you can't help but listen attentively. Instrumentation remains fairly basic; some guitar and piano mostly played with a mournful ease that flits from the strings to her voice and back again. The album was produced by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros and was recorded in their studio in álafoss, Iceland. The album's already out in Iceland and will hit the rest of Europe this month; hopefully the rest of the world is short to follow.
[MP3] Ólöf Arnalds -Í Nýju Húsi
[MP3] Ólöf Arnalds -Við Og Við