Blonde charmer Ólöf Arnalds got her start as a member of the experimental electronic and very Icelandic ensemble múm. Her debut solo album, Við og við, was produced by Sigur Rós Kjartan Sveinsson and introduced international audiences to her pretty, old-time lullabies. Arnalds was formally educated in the violin and classical singing and it shows. Her voice has shimmering operatic tones (think Joanna Newsom without the yowling) yet is rendered accessible by her quaint and folksy songs, often simply backed by Arnalds finger-picking on the mandolin or guitar. After spending the first part of the year playing shows in New York City with (natch) Björk and Blonde Redhead, Arnalds is venturing to the West Coast for the first time in support of her forthcoming LP, Ókídókí. With People Eating People.
Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2009