Ólafur Arnalds (born 3 November 1986) is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland.
Arnalds was a drummer of hardcore/metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine, as well as others. He also contributed banjo, guitar and piano for in his friend's solo project "My Summer as a Salvation Soldier".
In 2004, Arnalds composed and recorded the intro and two outros for tracks on the album Antigone by German metal band Heaven Shall Burn.
On 12 October 2007, Arnalds' first solo album Eulogy for Evolution was released. It was followed by the EP Variations of Static in 2008. In the same year, Arnalds toured with Sigur Rós. He is also reported to have sold out The Barbican Hall in London.
In April 2009, Arnalds composed and released a track daily for seven days, instantly making each track available within 24 hours from foundsongs.erasedtapes.com. The collection of tracks was entitled Found Songs. The first track was released on 13 April.
In October 2009, the ballet Dyad 1909 premiered with a score composed by Arnalds. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor and performed by Wayne McGregor Random Dance, the ballet was inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition to the South Pole in 1909.
Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from classical to pop.
In April 2010, Ólafur released a new album entitled "...and they have escaped the weight of darkness".
Ólafur's cousin Ólöf Arnalds is also a well known singer/songwriter.
I highly reccomend the latest album '... And they escaped the weight of darkness".
listened to that eulogy album a week ago. kinda vanilla classical but it's good i suppose.
Vanilla classical? seriously listen to this song off the new album. immense stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ46TN7uxwc
just kinda predictable at times i guess.