Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds is known for beautiful compositions laced with the slightest of electronic twinges. His latest album, the EP For Now I Am Winter (out on April 2nd), includes orchestral compositions from composer Nico Muhly, but also features something new—words. For the first time, Arnalds is introducing vocals into his work via Icelandic vocalist Arnór Dan. Pushing his work even further, Arnalds just released “Old Skin”, the first video from the album and also his first live action music video ever.
I’m always excited when I get an email from Kristoffer Borgli telling me he’s made a new music video. This time around he’s worked with Young Dreams, a Norwegian band who’s new album Between Places comes out this week. The video is for the song “First Days of Something,” a stunning song which reminds me of the longing of love when someone is lonely.
That Thom Yorke is always up to something interesting. Following the release of his solo record The Eraser he gathered together a team of musicians to help perform the album live, and from that was born the idea for Atoms For Peace. After two years of working on the album AMOK was released on Tuesday along with a brand new video for their song “Ingenue.”
THe video was directed by Hammer & Tongs, music video extraordinaires who’ve directed their fair share of amazing music videos (Blur’s “Coffee & TV” anyone?). For the video Thom Yorke does pretty great dances alongside Fukiko Takase, though I’m not sure which is meant to be the ingenue. It still cracks me up that Thom Yorke loves to dance so much. He’s done it forever in his live performances and now it’s transferred into the videos he’s in as well (you saw Radiohead’s video for “Lotus Flower” right?). Anyhow, the song is pretty great, like a more structured version of something from The Eraser, and the video is definitely fun to watch.
When the MaKey MaKey made its Kickstarter debut the team issued a challenge: Make something amazing with this. The little microcontroller (Arduino based, ya nerds) can turn any object that conducts an electrical current into a keyboard key or a mouse. From linking The possibilities really are endless, I mean, you can turn a beach ball into a mouse.
Swedish band Junip, made up of Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn, and José González, is back with a new self-titled sophomore album on April 23. In anticipation, they’ve released the first installment of a new two-part video for the song “Line of Fire”. Languid, atmospheric, and hypnotically unsettling, it was directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikel Cee Karlsson and tells the story of an older man who is seemingly questioning his place in life. With slow-motion camera work that sweeps over the characters or pulls in slowly while they remain still—only one part of their body moving—the video is strangely beautiful yet foreboding and ominous at the same time. You have no idea where it’s going but are left wanting more. The same can be said about the new song, too, which begs for repeated listenings on nighttime drives through empty canyons.