Ólafur Arnalds released the final piece of his re:member campaign last week with three hauntingly beautiful new tracks – ‘momentary’, ‘partial’ and ‘nyepi’ – in collaboration with British vocal group, VOCES8.
VOCES8 is one of Britain’s most dazzling vocal ensembles, comprising of eight exceptional voices. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists.
Speaking of the new releases and in particular ‘momentary’, Ólafur says, “The best reworks highlight something in the music you did not expect. And that element of surprise deepens your connection with the piece of music. That is what VOCES8 have done with their wonderful reworks. I always thought momentary could be a choir piece and this arrangement accentuates the feel of the original piece in a way that feels very natural to me...the performance by VOCES8 is mournful and full of longing. Beautifully human.”
1. momentary – choir version
2. partial – choir version
3. nyepi – choir version