TUNE Ólöf Arnalds - Ólöf Arnalds 'Patience' (edit) 22nd Sept
Ólöf Arnalds Brand New SINGLE ‘PATIENCE’
(One Little Indian, 22nd September) Cat. No. 1248TP7DL
Ólöf Arnalds releases a brand new single, ‘Patience’ via One Little Indian on 22nd September, a taster from her forthcoming album, ‘Palme’ (released, 29th September). It is backed with delicate acoustic wonder, ‘Ófelía’. She tours in the UK late Sept/ early Oct:
30-Aug Birmingham Moseley Folk Festival
28-Sep Brighton Komedia Studio Bar
29-Sep London Oslo
01-Oct Bristol The Louisiana
02-Oct Manchester Cornerhouse
03-Oct Liverpool Leaf
04-Oct York Fibbers
05-Oct Glasgow Mono
‘Palme’ represents Ólöf´s most collaborative effort to date, and also perhaps her most profoundly sensual & affecting. Musically, it offers up an astonishing wellspring of fresh ideas and playful experimentation that move the sound on from the acoustic approach that has predominantly defined her output thus far.
After a slow initial gestation, ‘Patience’- replete with its idiosyncratic Polynesian sway - was completed very quickly. Explains Ólöf: “Skúli wrote this song around the house and even before it was fully developed I asked him if it could be included in my next record - I felt it already had a meaning and it was just a matter of giving that meaning a voice. After struggling with the lyrics for a while, the words finally came to me after a late night conversation with a friend and for some reason I felt that I had to sing it right away.”
So the whole of the following day, running right into the evening was spent working on the basic tracks, before moving directly onto the vocal recording which Ólöf insisted on finishing in the same session. “It took patience on Skúli and Gunni´s part,” she acknowledges, “- to let me find the voice to the new words, not stopping until the next morning when finally I felt that the take was there!”
Throughout the new album, Ólöf is sensitively backed by trusted friends and collaborators; Gunnar Örn Tynes (founder of electro-folk collective, múm) and once more by long-term musical foil, Skúli Sverrisson (who has also worked with such luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Blonde Redhead).