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Ólafur Arnalds @ Church of St. John-at-Hackney, London

For Now I am Winter. Even multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds amusedly admits that this might have been an odd title choice for the release of his highly anticipated third full-length album and the subsequent European tour in April and June. Indeed, “summer” miraculously arrived yet in London these days, trying to whisk off our sad memories of the never-ending winterish springtime and sending warm rays of sun through the large church windows of tonight’s venue. But hey, I can’t blame him! Hailing from the small Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, the hibernal season mostly determines local ways of life and is probably a part of the people’s cultural identity. More importantly, to me For Now I am Winter just brilliantly outlines the subtle theme of his most recent work: Everything is a snapshot, nothing remains unchanged. Quite frankly, I wasn’t really sure about my expectations of the night, despite knowing his discography almost by heart (as far as this is possible with neo-classical music). First of all, the young musician is known to have a great intuition for arranging his live tracks in multifaceted, …