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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ólöf Arnalds @ MusicBox Theatre, Hwd, 11.16.10

Hailing from the land of vikings, volcanoes, and among other things, Björk - up-and-coming international folk multi-instrumentalist Ólöf Arnalds recently graced the Los Angeles stage, in support of Blonde Redhead.

In performance, Arnalds emoted a folk resonance similar to Joni Mitchell, and a vocal kinship to that of Sigur Rós - not surprising, as they're one of the many bands that she's worked with on the Icelandic music scene. Mostly in her native Icelandic, she preformed songs from her 2007 solo debut "Vid Og Vio" as well as this year's release "Innundir Skinni."

Playing truly a solo performance, it was just Arnalds and a guitar (and the interspersed ukulele) on stage. The vocals seemed sweet with a tinge of sadness - every note acoustically resonating with the audience. It should be interesting to see how this folk ingenue develops, broadening Iceland's exports to the world.

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