Happy new year! This post has nothing to do with the new year, but I hope these album recommendations will help start your year off on the right foot!

These albums are either sending shivers down my spine every time I listen to them (because when you go indoors to escape the cold outside, what else would you rather do than shiver there too?) or otherwise being put on my playlist on repeat:

Olafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds. Just. Ólafur Arnalds. More specifically, these two are my faves from our collection:

Island Songs by Ólafur Arnalds (streaming on hoopladigital only)

Re:member by Ólafur Arnalds is also amazing, but Island Songs is what originally got me into Arnalds and really listening. Literally sent shivers down my spine as I listened, as well as making me very emotional at times throughout the album. (Also, what a beautiful story behind the album!)

How to describe Arnalds’ music? I think he describes it this way himself in the insert to Re:member (though I don’t have the CD in front of me and can’t verify this, so take with a grain of salt), but it feels as though I’m listening to the soundtrack of a film, except there’s no film that it follows. Ambient music? Soundtrack? Instrumental, I guess. However you categorize it (if we must), it is beautiful.

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Ana MouraMoura by Ana Moura. Different kind of shivers.

This album was what got me interested in fado. As one of the comments on Bibliocommons says, “You don’t need to understand a word of Portuguese in order to appreciate good music! Lovely voice and great selection of songs. Give it a try!” And I would also urge you to give this album a listen.

If you do like it, we also have Desfado by Ana Moura in our catalogue as well.





TINI (Martina Stoessel)This next one’s kind of completely different in terms of genre, and I can’t say I actually adore it the way I do the other two, but once I gave it a thorough listen from beginning to end, I found myself putting it on repeat throughout the weekend: Queiro Volver by TINI (Martina Stoessel, the singer who sang Libre soy, the Latin Spanish version of Let it Go from Frozen). I picked it up on a whim since we had the album in our New Arrivals section, and although I have mixed feelings about it, I’m still glad I did. While I don’t know much about Latin pop music, I want to say this is what I imagine would probably be pretty standard fare for that genre.

As far as lyrics go, I can’t say the English tracks impressed me at all – I can’t say too much about the Spanish ones since I don’t understand the language – but I did enjoy the album overall as catchy as it was. I would probably describe this as essentially a breakup & sob kind of album (I would otherwise also describe this as “unhealthily romanticizing past relationships”, but that seems harsh. A small selection of some of the lyrics: Prefiero vivir esperando a aceptar que no estás (Por qué te vas); or in Respirar: sin ti no sé respirar), and several of the songs – if not the entire album – would probably be a great addition to your next heartbroken playlist! (I’m assuming some of us are constructing this or already fully immersed in their heartbreak playlist by now, given we’re a few weeks past one of the peak breakup times of the year (2 weeks before Christmas) next to Spring Break according to this visualization based on 2008 Facebook status updates from Information is Beautiful, so you’re welcome!)

6 thoughts on “Shivers

  1. “it feels as though I’m listening to the soundtrack of a film, except there’s no film that it follows. Ambient music? Soundtrack? Instrumental, I guess. However you categorize it (if we must), it is beautiful.”

    I believe this is the story behind the movie MOONRISE KINGDOM. I read (years ago) that the music came first: the director heard it and was so moved/ loved it so much that a movie was constructed around it—which is backwards to the way it is usually done, and completely sublime. I used to really like the movie, I’m not sure if I would anymore. I haven’t seen it in a long time, but the first time I saw it I missed the last few minutes and liked it better than the second. I thought the movie was better without being so blatant about its namesake–it was more fun to surmise.

    1. No kidding? That’s absolutely beautiful! I haven’t watched Moonrise Kingdom yet, but I can definitely see how an entire story can come of a track (or an entire album), especially after listening to Arnalds on repeat. It’d be interesting to listen to the soundtrack, then watch the movie, seeing as I haven’t watched it yet – to experience the movie in order, in a way.

  2. Honestly, I have nothing much to contribute to this except the fact that I am so pumped that someone else listens to Ólafur Arnalds!! It’s such gorgeous music – congratulations on your great taste!

    1. SOMEONE ELSE LISTENS TO HIM TOO!!! I’m so excited about this! And might I compliment you on your excellent musical taste also? Haha

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