Born in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavík, the 25-year old composer has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and his live-shows. Through relentless touring and determination this young artist has steadily gained recognition worldwide since his 2007 debut 'Eulogy for Evolution'. Ólafur Arnalds’ second full-length album '…and they have escaped the weight of darkness' (2010), continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements.

Following in the spirit of Ólafur Arnalds’ critically acclaimed 'Found Songs' (2009) autumn 2011 saw 'Living Room Songs'. This time Ólafur took the idea further and invited the audience into the comfort of his living room, where the songs were recorded live and the whole process filmed. The songs were instantly released in form of a free mp3 download and video stream- straight from Ólafur's Reykjavik apartment. ‘One night I was just playing my piano here in this apartment and I was writing a new song and I didn't have my phone on me which I usually use to record ideas. So I actually took out my MacBook and I didn't want to open like a proper recording program, so I just opened Photo Booth and recorded a video of myself playing the song so that I would remember the song. And I really liked the atmosphere of that video and that's when I thought I should do a series of songs in my living room…’, explains Ólafur.

His first Hollywood soundtrack for Sam Levinson’s feature film debut ‘Another Happy Day’, starring Ellen Barkin and Demi Moore, will saw its worldwide release via Erased Tapes Records on February 27. In March Ólafur will embarked on his 'Trio Tour 2012' throughout Europe.

Ólafur is currently touring worldwide following his third album release 'For Now I Am Winter' and music score for popular ITV drama Broadchurch.

'hotwired to the soul' – The Quietus
'timeless and sublime’ ★★★★ – Uncut
'an artist of immense maturity' (9/10) – Drowned In Sound
'the indie kid who knows the score' – Guardian’s Observer 
'triumphant. even at his most reserved, arnalds is an artist who can exert immense power with the lightest of touches' – BBC Music