Ólafur Arnalds has released “Back To The Sky” (Feat. JFDR), the single/video, are out today via Mercury KX. “Back To The Sky.”
“Back To The Sky” was written and recorded at Arnalds’ studio nestled Reykjavik. “Back To The Sky” highlights the voice of JFDR, a fellow Icelandic artist who Arnalds has long admired, known for both her solo work as well as her involvement with various groups such as Samaris and Pascal Pinon.
“When Ólafur sent over the demo I could instantly hear and feel the melody,” says JFDR. “I was back in Reykjavík for a little while this winter and somehow ended up living on my own, the sky was dark all encompassing, I was quite lonely and staring into the sky was like I could speak to someone through the cosmos.”
The accompanying video for “Back To The Sky”, directed by Árni & Kinski and shot in rural Iceland, is striking and champions the track’s stark beauty. Awash in muted colors, the visual depicts two people walking alone near a dreary coastline, signaling the mourning of an unfinished relationship.
Since he launched his career writing neoclassical compositions for a German metal band, and later supporting fellow Icelandic act Sigur Rós, Arnalds has forged an oeuvre full of impressive innovations, dominating both the electronic and modern-classical worlds thanks to his masterful blending of symphonic strings and piano with subtle electronica. In addition to his own solo works, Arnalds also releases music in the experimental techno duo Kiasmos and has collaborated extensively with German pianist/composer Nils Frahm on improvised performances and recordings.