Clash is pleased to present readers with a lovely free download from Icelandic artist Ólöf Arnalds, the track 'Af Stað'.
Currently promoting her well-received third studio LP, 'Sudden Elevation' (Clash review), which came out in February 2013, Arnalds says of 'Af Stað':
"It is a song that I wrote for Björk and Sigur Rós' concert, Náttúra, in August 2008, just before the economic collapse. The lyric is a twist on a famous Icelandic nationalistic song, 'Hver á Sér Fegra Föðurland', which means 'Who Has a Prettier Fatherland'. It describes how untouched and beautiful Iceland is, and how distant it is from the wars and ugliness of the world. My lyric is a plea that Icelandic people do not get drunk from their greed."
Arnalds releases a new single from 'Sudden Elevation', 'German Fields', on June 10th, and tours as follows:
4th - London, St John Church, Bethnal Green
5th - Glasgow, Broadcast
6th - Manchester, TAKK
7th - Brighton, Unitarian Church
17th - Green Man Festival
Get 'Af Stað' below...
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