Crafting beautiful backgrounds with the sheer masterful skill and use of strings and piano, Olafur Arnald's debut is breathtaking in almost every aspect, with the piano and strings dueling repeatedly as they rush to greater heights with other occasional methods of instrumentation thrown in to propel the sound forward.
Minimal music was always tricky at having a balance. It carves out a beautiful and brooding atmosphere, but what good is this when it drags on for too long or simply ends up sounding boring? Olafur Arnalds does quite the opposite and finds the near perfect balance of minimalism and beauty. The album is scattered with a foray of wonderful and lush textures, which Olafur perfectly produces to make the coldest of souls break down in sorrow, could anyone ask for more?