Arthur Russell meets Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen?!?
Ólöf Arnalds upcoming covers EP
Ólöf Sings is due November 8 on One Little Indian Records. The five-track EP includes recorded
explorations of road-tested covers from her live set and is her first recording
performed entirely in English. Ólöf Sings reinterprets Arthur Russell’s “Close My Eyes”, a medley of
Gene Clark’s “With Tomorrow” and Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”,
Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man”, Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me” and Caetano
Veloso’s “Maria Bethânia”.
Ólöf Sings follows Arnalds acclaimed 2010 One Little Indian release
Innundir skinni. The album, which
Pitchfork described as “a rich and musically complex experience,” was one of Uncut Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 2010
and the song “Madrid” was named iTunes UK’s Song of
the Year. The album also earned Ólöf a Songwriter of the Year gong at the
Iceland Music Awards.
Ólöf released her U.S. debut Við Og Við in 2009. The
album caught notice of international press including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, NME and SPIN. Time Out New York described her having “… the kind of voice that can silence a room, such is its
sweetness,” while Rolling Stone described her songs as
being “fragile as tiny china swans.” Meanwhile, Paste magazine would call Við Og Við “impossibly lovely” and voted it Number 38 in its Top 100 Albums list. eMusic named it among the 100 Best Albums of the Decade, while at home, the
album accrued a host of accolades including, Best
Alternative Album at the Iceland Music Awards and a Record of the Year nod from Iceland’s principal daily newspaper, Morgunblaðið.