Like her bestie/fellow Iceland native Björk, Ólöf Arnalds has rarely relied on traditional singer-songwriter tropes. Even her earlier, folkier efforts felt like they were not of this Earth. “Half Steady” suggests her latest (Palme, due out September 29 through One Little Indian) will also be her strangest, too, a way of embracing electronic elements without sounding like a sad robot.
“What worked best musically always ended up in the songs,” Arnalds explained in a press release, “and the darlings were killed with no regrets!”
That sounds about right, especially since múm founder Gunnar Örn Tynes and longtime collaborator Skúli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Blonde Redhead) were both involved in the album’s tight-nit yet twisted sessions.