For Now I am Winter

Ólafur Arnalds - For Now I am Winter
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2013 Ratings: #508 / 1032
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2013 Ratings: #203
March 4, 2013 / Release Date
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Mercury Classics / Label
Ambient / Genres
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For Now I Am Winter sounds like an album that will eventually be viewed as a important Ólafur Arnalds release, the moment where a self-confident artist took the first step towards something more open and accessible.


The lush and lonesome collection falls somewhere between the ambient, string-laden melancholy of Eluvium, the rural soul searching of Bon Iver, and the cosmic opulence of Sigur Rós.


You’ll never get as far as saying “Oh this is my favorite song” – they’re all part of the same thought, just expressed in slightly different colors.

Drowned in Sound

For Now I Am Winter is an album of great contrasts in dynamics as well as tempo. It is an album that demands attention, not to mention repeated listenings, to draw out the beauty. 


The living, breathing aspect of Arnalds' music is more evident here than on his previous six years’ worth of albums and EPs, which makes Winter easily his most straightforwardly accessible and mainstream-leaning effort to date.


With the assistance of Nico Muhly (indie-rock’s go-to orchestral whiz) and prog-rock vocalist Arnór Dan Arnarson, Arnalds has given his songs a much-needed jolt of emotional color.


The lingering impression that there's not a lot to grasp emotionally becomes stark in the thinnest tracks.

Based on a single listen I scored 13 tracks at 80 points each and 2 tracks @ 100 points each for a total of 1240 points. Divided then by 15 the sum equaling 82.6666. Rounded then to 83 points. Inventive music, but not innovative at the very least. Vox by Arnór Dan on several tracks imparts hints of Anohni aka Antony Hegarty and Jonsi of Sigur Ros fame. Yet, his voice is unique, subtle and captivating which marries well to Arnalds' efforts in creating Pop EM. The sole standout track for ... read more
Cinematographic sceneries created with a vivid intercourse from loops and strings... and of course the icelandic idiosyncrasy.
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Track List

  1. Sudden Throw
  2. Brim
  3. For Now I Am Winter
  4. A Stutter
  5. Words Of Amber
  6. Reclaim
  7. Hands, Be Still
  8. Only The Winds
  9. Old Skin
  10. We (Too) Shall Rest
  11. This Place Was A Shelter
  12. Carry Me Anew
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Added on: March 11, 2013