No words will do justice to what witnessed tonight at the St Geogres Hall, Icelandic, neo classical composer and pianist Olafur Arnalds, who was over promoting his latest album For Now I Am Winter. It very much felt like it was the case of right venue and right time for this gig.
St Georges Hall is probably the most beautiful venue in Bristol with the very best natural acoustics, The building its self is a rather grand old Baptist Church that sits upon the hill side with a dome shaped roof just off of Park st. It really is something beautiful, it is often the venue for many classical and folk concerts because the hall just reverberates with a natural sense of noise. with ornate back drop making it the perfect venue for Olafur to play.
I find it hard to know how to really describe Arnalds work, somehow he manages to capture the sonic landscaping of the likes Efterklang and the sheer majestic euphoric of fellow Icelanders Sigur Ros. Playing largely well constructed and deeply intricate instrumentals . Multi layering up loops accompanied by viola and Cello for most of the evening with addition of vocals for the last two songs.
I spent most of the set with my eyes closed, allowing myself to be taken in by scenic beauty that Olafur creates in his music. Very glacial icy cold spine tingling moments of sheer wonder. I could feel the presence of what felt like a goddess speaking to me, giving me the feeling that what I was experiencing was in some form other worldly. I mean I could see why Bjork has used him as a musical orchestrator because of his natural organic feel almost gives him an air of Philip Glass about him, using electronics to power home varying shifts in moods whilst his gentle piano melodies meld perfectly in.
I think that The song Poland from his latest Album perfectly displays Olafurs taste for progressive melodies that at times takes the listener by surprise and gives them some otherworldly feelings.