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Olafur Arnalds - some kind of peace makes Bob Boilen's 'Top 10 Albums Of 2020' / NPR

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Ólafur Arnalds has recently surpassed a staggering 1 billion streams, an incredible milestone for the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist. 'some kind of peace' is the stunning new album from the ground-breaking composer and producer. Available on Mercury KX.

Bob Boilen selected 'some kind of peace' for his 'Top 10 Albums Of 2020' and he writes; Ólafur Arnalds, the Icelandic composer, was most inspiring. Some Kind of Peace is centered around Ólafur's melodic piano, and it's packed with passion but has an aura of calm. His songs work for me as background music, but the intricate textures also make the perfect headphone album. (In fact, I used some of his music software, called Stratus, to make my music.) I feel similarly about Agnes Obel's Myopia, Roger & Brian Eno's Mixing Colours and Nils Frahm's Empty.  Photo illustration: Courtesy of the artists / Renee Klahr / NPR

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