Thirteen years ago Ólafur Arnalds released his debut album, Eulogy for Evolution. The post-rock influenced neo-classical compositions set the multi-instrumentalist from Mosfellsbær, Iceland on a musical journey that has seen him grow into one of the most celebrated neo-classicists of our time. While he also dabbled with electro and dance, it is for his soothing soundscapes that he is the most widely hailed. Therefore, it is little surprise that his fifth solo album - Some Kind of Peace - has been hailed during its pre-release stage.
The full collection, which has been teased by a wide range of singles - including the faultless radio driven 'Back To The Sky', which features JFDR on vocals - has finally been delivered and proves itself instantly worth the the two year wait since the release of 2018's 're:member'.
And the album, which was recorded at his Reykjavik studio, reflects the serenity of the harbour setting in which it was created. While 're:member' was adventurously structured and ambitiously recorded, Some Kind of Peace is the opposite. An introverted moment of serenity, it is calm and collected, while still offering emotional insight.
His most classical-leaning solo release to date, it takes his always striking fusion of electro, ambient sounds and emotive strings in a new direction.
Captivating from the very first moment, Some Kind of Peace is the very definition of spine-tingling beauty.