EXCLUSIVE NEW DOWNLOAD: Ólöf Arnalds - Klara
Whatever Ólöf Arnalds is plucking away at here doesn’t sound like a guitar and its mysterious existence is bugging me. It’s dry and sour, kind of like a lyre and a banjo and a harp spliced together. A lyjarp. I want one. I bet Kjarri from Sigur Ros (the guy who produced this song) has one lying around. Those guys have a ton of instruments. They also probably have that breathy half organ/half accordion that creeps in about halfway through. A little subtlety goes a long way. This song from the former múm member is seducing and quaint, two words I never thought I would use in the same sentence. Maybe that’s because she’s singing in Icelandic, which always manages to sound like the narration to a Narnia novel whenever sung. Download away and for New Yorkers, check some upcoming dates at her MySpace.
Sounds like: Joanna Newsom, Silje Nes, múm