Ólafur Arnalds – Island Songs – vi. Particles (ft. Nanna Bryndís)

January 16, 2017

The lure of the lighthouse brings Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, the co-lead vocalist in Of Monsters and Men, together with Ólafur on the sixth collaboration for Island Songs. Nanna is from the tiny, scattered community of Garður on the Reykjanes peninsula. Two lighthouses sit on the wind-battered seafront that will be the setting to Particles.

Particles was two friends, hanging out and making music together.


Collaborator / Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Singer and Songwriter / Of Monsters and Men

I grew up in Garður and I can definitely say growing up there molded my creativity. There wasn’t a lot to do and plenty of time to be with yourself and your thoughts. So I spent my time playing on the rocks by the sea and telling ghost stories to the other kids and sometimes I would ride my bike to the lighthouse when the weather was nice. I was definitely the strange kid singing to myself on my way from school, and then going into my bedroom to write down the ideas I’d had from walking home. My bedroom was the most creative place. When I go back to Garður I get the same feeling of tranquility and vulnerability that comes with being a kid.

Piano: Ólafur Arnalds, Vocals: Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Violin: Viktor Orri Árnason, Violin: Sólveig Vaka Eyþórsdóttir, Viola: Karl Pestka, Cello: Unnur Jónsdóttir

Director: Baldvin Z, Director of photography: Jóhann Máni Jóhannsson, AC Focuspuller: Snorri Fairweather, Sound recorder: Benedikt Árnason, Lighting: Viktor Davíð Jóhannsson, Recording Assistant: Þórarinn Guðnason, Production Coordinator: Sólveig Ásta Sigurðardóttir, Transcriber: Snorri Hallgrímsson


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