Ólafur Arnalds: Dyad 1909 (CD, Erased Tapes, December 2009)

Strings and piano combine with occasional ambient washes, devastating electronic thumping sounds, and computer vocals to excellent effect. This was written as the soundtrack for a dance piece, and is unashamedly dramatic. But it stands very well on its own. Some of it feels like modern classical. Some of it feels like ambient. Some of it feels almost like IDM (and Til Enda reminds me of Venetian Snares’ classically inspired Rossz Csillag Alatt Született album, with the clash of frenetic violins and breakbeats). Moody and magnificent.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Home Listening / Modern Classical / Ambient.

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