Reviews in 200 Words

Ólafur Arnalds, “Living Room Songs”

In Album on January 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

Music like this is often compared to icebergs floating in translucent blue seas. Icicles dripping from eaves, warmed by the slanted light of the mid-January sun. Brown grass tufted through piles of snow. This music moves slowly, building humbly, begging us to listen. But if we’re busy – cooking dinner, running on the treadmill, walking the dog or navigating a traffic jam – then we are missing the point. This is music meant to be listened to. Simply hearing it isn’t good enough. Letting it pass across your eardrum while you are distracted is not enough. This is music for rainy days. For sick days. This is music for January, when we nurse our New Year’s hangovers and try to eat healthy and light. We need a soundtrack to accompanying our contemplation. Why did we eat and drink so much? Why are my toes so cold? Why can’t I stop coughing? Why does green tea seem like a viable alternative right now? We need music like this if only to convince us to slow down. To take it easy. Put away your headphones, turn down the lights. Sip your tea, take a mental health day and listen.

~ Jay Cullis

The Beat Jab Podcast will return next week. Until then, click here to have a listen to Ólafur Arnalds“Living Room Songs” on Spotify.


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