Gabríel Ólafs – Solon Islandus (Deluxe) (2022) Hi-Res
Quality：FLAC (tracks) / FLAC 24 Bit (96 KHz / tracks)
Year Of Release：2022
Total Time：68:24 min
Total Size：1,1 GB
Label：Decca Records US
“Solon Islandus” is the Decca Records US debut of 23-year-old Icelandic composer Gabríel Ólafs. It is an ambitious concept album that pays homage to the artistic spirit of the people of Iceland. A work of personal discovery, and an exploration of the artistry, culture and place that has shaped Gabríel’s identity.
The record draws inspiration from the writing of one of Iceland’s great poets, Davíd Stefánsson, in expressive and emotional works for piano, ensemble and choir with spoken word elements.It is, writes PopMatters, “brimming with beauty.”
An ambitious concept album and transmedia project that pays homage to the artistic spirit of the people of Iceland, Ólafs’ major label debut is a work of personal discovery—an exploration of the artistry, culture and place that has shaped Gabríel’s identity. The record draws inspiration from the writing of one of Iceland’s great poets, Davíð Stefánsson, in melodic works for piano, ensemble and choir with spoken word elements.
Ólafs was read Stefánsson’s poems as a child by both his father and grandfather, and he especially fell in love with his earliest poetry collection, Black Feathers (Svartar Fjaðrir), published one hundred years earlier when the poet was the same age as Ólafs when he was making the new album. While recording, Ólafs would read the poems and try to capture their essence in melody.
The title Solon Islandus comes from Stefánsson’s only novel, the tragic tale of a real-life Icelandic drifter, Sölvi Helgason. A composer with a longstanding love of film, Ólafs takes a “directorial” view of composition—creating motifs and themes to represent characters and emotions. “Tracks like ‘The Drifter’ and ‘Júlíana’ are inspired by characters from the novel,” says Ólafs. “It’s almost as if this was a movie, and these are their themes.”
While influenced by a particular quiet and delicate Icelandic sound verging on minimalist, Ólafs is especially drawn to melodies. “Tchaikovsky, Morricone, John Williams, they can all write a good melody. Nothing really compares.” Working at his piano, Ólafs always begins with melodies, recording the results with voice memos on his phone. “I have maybe 200 of them,” Ólafs notes. For Solon Islandus, he tried to simplify his melodies as much as possible. “I wanted to match the poems, which are straight to the point, straight to the heart,” he explains.
Gabríel Ólafs was only 14 when he wrote the song that landed him his first record deal, which saw his first album, Absent Minded, released on an independent label five years later. His tracks have since been streamed tens of millions of times online; his music is, writes PopMatters, “brimming with beauty.”
4. Solon Islandus
6. The Lily
9. The Drifter
10. The Restless Bird
13. The Farewell
14. The Caw
15. The Drifter (Piano Version)
16. The Lily (Piano Version)
17. Solon Islandus (Piano Version)
18. The Lily (Orchestral Version)
19. Streymir (Voiceless)
20. Brestur (Voiceless)
21. The Restless Bird (Voiceless)
22. The Farewell (Voiceless)
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