When: 7.30pm on Thursday 2 October 2014
Where: Cornerhouse Annexe, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
We’re delighted to be bringing Ólöf Arnalds back to Manchester.
Ólöf Arnalds returns with a brand new album, Palme – her fourth – released via One Little Indian on 29 September.
Palme represents Ólöf’s most collaborative effort to date, and also perhaps her most profoundly sensual and affecting. Musically, it offers up an astonishing wellspring of fresh ideas and playful experimentation that move the sound on from the acoustic approach that predominantly defined her first three records, Við og Við (2007), Innundir Skinni (2009) and Sudden Elevation (2013).
On Palme Ólöf is sensitively backed by two trusted collaborators and friends: Gunnar Orn Tynes (founder of electro-folk collective, múm) and once again, long-term musical foil, Skúli Sverrisson (who has also worked with luminaries Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Blonde Redhead).
Lead single Patience, written by Skúli (who also shares writing credits for Palme and Soft Living) boasts an almost Polynesian vocal sway while Defining Gender’s gentle bossa nova and swelling strings conspire to make it so tender it threatens to burst at any moment. Elsewhere subtle electronics guide Hypnose’s gentle propulsion and Half Steady’s strange, robotic cacophony. Some songs, such as Turtledove, are brand new, while others are old friends – Half Steady was written by Ólöf while still in her teens.
Gunnar Orn Tynes significant presence on the record is felt through its programmed electronics and the digital manipulation of some of the instrumental parts – new elements that pushed Ólöf out of her comfort zone; for the first time she was writing, performing and recording simultaneously, musical ideas intuitively pieced together or picked apart as they went along.
The constant here, of course, is Ólöf’s effortlessly distinctive vocal. A voice ‘that can silence a room, such is its sweetness’ once opined a bowled over Time Out New York – and here on Palme it has never been so poignant nor powerfully intoxicating.
Support comes from Tender Prey. Laura Bryon is Tender Prey, a Cardiff-based musician who mixes garage rock, blues and ghostly girl group clangs to shake you, soothe you and see you through the night. Tender Prey has previously made music as Le B and in noisepop outfit King Alexander. Laura will be releasing her debut album later this year on Bird Records.
This show takes place in the Annexe of Cornerhouse, Manchester’s main cultural hub, situated on Oxford Road.
Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from Cornerhouse’s box office, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Cornerhouse.org, Seetickets.com, WeGotTickets.com, Ticketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.