Tag Archives: Olafur Arnalds

Live Video: Kiasmos at Iceland Airwaves

Not surprisingly, a country known for its epic landscapes like Iceland also produces similarly cinematic music, like that of Kiasmos. The breathtaking sound of this new duo, featuring composer Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen (also of Bloodgroup), was the perfect intro for the first day of KEXP’s four-day broadcast from Kex Hostel in Reykjavik duringRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2014, Day 1: Kiasmos

We began our broadcast at Iceland Airwaves from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik with familiar faces in a brand new group. Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen have both been featured several times live on KEXP, and not just from Iceland in years past – Ólafur also in Seattle and Austin during SXSW and Janus with BloodgroupRead more…

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Song of the Day: Kiasmos – Looped

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, we’re presenting songs by artists performing at the 2014 Iceland Airwaves Festival. Today’sRead more…

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2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Iceland Bands

It’s enough to make you curl up screaming in the fetal position – the number of amazing Icelandic releases in 2013, that is. As if 2012 wasn’t already such a great year, but damn, 2013 proves there’s no end to the wealth of talent on the arctic island. Since they’re each so great in differentRead more…

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Live Video: Ólafur Arnalds

“I know everyone here by name”, Ólafur Arnalds said during his first in-studio performance at KEXP. It was in fact the fifth time the Icelandic composer and performance has recorded with us, though previously it had been within his own apartment in Reykjavik (in both 2010 and 2011), live from KEX Hostel during our 2012Read more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 2: Erased Tapes @ Nordstrom Recital Hall

Decibel Festival‘s Optical showcases serve to remove the notion that electronic music is simply made for dancing. Instead, they present an array of musicians who specialize in everything from neo-classical to drone to ambient to horror soundtracks. For its 10th anniversary, Decibel brought back beloved German composer Nils Frahm, whose performance last year with CFCFRead more…

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Live Video: Ólafur Arnalds at SXSW

It’s been hard for us to forget the beautiful and intimate session we had with Ólafur Arnalds during our Iceland Airwaves broadcast last year at KEX Hostel. This year, when we saw that the young Icelandic composer and songwriter would be performing at SXSW, we wanted to get him live on air again, not toRead more…

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Out This Week 4/2

Record Store Day may yet be three weeks away, but you’ll find a ton of great new music at your favorite record shop today, including the latest from The Black Angels. KEXP listeners have long been fans of this Austin band, and in fact we even had them perform in-studio before the release of theirRead more…

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KEXP at SXSW 2013 Day 2: Ólafur Arnalds

The last time we saw Ólafur Arnalds was at 2010’s Iceland Airwaves where he played our Hostel KEXP. In that show, he demonstrated his continued desire to engage in experimental recording practices by asking the audience to help him sing a loop for a song. Since his first album, Found Songs, back in 2009 received almostRead more…

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Live Video: Ólafur Arnalds at KEX Hostel

On listening to the gentle touch and swelling beauty of songs like “Ljósið”, it’s hard to imagine that Ólafur Arnalds‘s roots are in hardcore and metal. The 26-year old Icelandic composer, producer, and performer has earned international acclaim with his “new classical” compositions, which tap directly into the indie music fans who seem less likelyRead more…

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