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Reykjavík Stories


Composer: Atli Örvarsson
Label: INNI
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 05 April 2019

Award winning composer Atli Örvarsson releases his new album, Reykjavík Stories. The 12-track (31 min, 29 sec) album is a collection of pieces Örvarsson has scored for the Scandinavian indie films In Front of Others and The Homecoming. The touching and moving music tells stories of love, relationships, betrayal, human fallacy and the human condition in general, which happen to take place in Reykjavík...

Atli Örvarsson's Reykjavík Stories opens and closes with this album's most impressive theme. 'In Front of Others' and 'Back Together' bookend this release beautifully. The other tracks are also equally memorable, all having strong and passionate themes.

Talking about the release, Örvarsson said: "There's something uniquely Icelandic about the music, with a tinge of a Mediterranean sound thrown in for good measure. Which is quite fitting as the Icelandic nation, deprived of warmth and sunshine, has always set its gaze towards the exotic south in search of a sunny Utopia."

It represents a collection of beautifully melancholic pieces, all of which leave the listener emotionally enriched.


Darren Rea

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