some kind of peace

Ólafur Arnalds - some kind of peace
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Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #25 / 821
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Based on 262 ratings
2020 Ratings: #106
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The Sydney Morning Herald

Arnalds’ latest offering once again evokes the ocean, except that, where once we teetered on cliffs looking down at it, Some Kind of Peace sees us now enveloped by its quiet depths.

The Line of Best Fit

On Some Kind Of Peace, Arnalds has once again crafted an genre-defining album that serves as a much needed moment of reflection.


A late year treasure that shouldn't be overlooked, it is as timely as it is timeless, and as needed now as any musical work of the last year or so.


Succeeding 2018's gimmicky algorithmic re:member, Some Kind Of Peace gives shape to lockdown with simpatico collaborators: Brighton's Bonobo on fuzzy opener Loom and the Bjork-delicate vocal of JFDR aka Jofridur Akadottir, icing a patted drumbeat and digital finger clicks on Back To The Sky.


Even with the occasional programmed drums, some kind of peace is a consistently tranquil set, with enough shape and variety to the tracks to stave off ambient or easy listening claims.


2020 has been the most chaotic, unpredictable, and uncomfortable year of our lives for many- a chaotic election (if you live in the US), a global pandemic, and a somewhat restrictive quarantine have left us questioning if we’ll ever feel peace any time in the near future. It’s upended our daily routines, our way of living, and what we take for granted in life. Everything is in turmoil. And that is the world that Ólafur Arnalds’ “some kind of peace” makes its ... read more


A contemporary to the likes of Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Eluvium, who combine Modern Classical compositions with Electronic flourishes and atmospheres akin to Ambient music, Ólafur Arnalds hasn't quite seen the same level of attention. He is probably most well known for composing the Soundtrack to the 3 seasons of Broadchurch, a critically acclaimed Crime Drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman.

While his Post-Rock leaning debut Eulogy for Evolution did garner some praise in ... read more


The music completely fits both the title & the cover.

How can Iceland be such a small country yet produce such incredible musical talent?

Ólafur Arnalds is an artist who has been part of the recent wave of modern classical/ambient artists. Names like Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Brambles, Joep Beving...I could go on. All these artists admittedly are quite talented composers and deserve all the praise they can get for how they sort of made ambient and minimalist classical music cool ... read more


Officially a neo-classical fan




Ehh, ew. Gross

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Track List

  1. Loom ft. Bonobo
  2. Woven Song
  3. Spiral
  4. Still / Sound
  5. Back To The Sky ft. JDFR
  6. Zero
  7. New Grass
  8. The Bottom Line ft. Josin
  9. We Contain Multitudes
  10. Undone

Year End Lists

#37/Rough Trade
#46/NPR Music
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Added on: September 25, 2020