Ólafur Arnalds is from Iceland. For a time Arnalds was a drummer for hardcore/metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine, as well as several others. He has released 2 albums and 3 EPs since 2007. Arnalds music reflects in many ways the Icelandic landscapes: minimalist, mellow, scarce, yet absolutely beautiful and organic. His music uses a lot of piano and strings as well as loops and great beats and it is amazing how fluidly the songs can switch from classical to contemporary.
His album Eulogy for Evolution is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. The entire album fits together really as one cohesive piece. It is very mellow and uses a lot of piano and strings. On the album’s sixth track, mid-song, suddenly a driving force of guitar and rhythm comes in and drives the until now mellow ambiance into something really wonderful. The seventh track has what sounds like some kind of violin caprice with some subtle piano, which in track eight suddenly goes wild with drums and electric guitar before finally become an organ elegy.
His videos are also just incredible pieces of art. Check out his website: Ólafur Arnalds. There is a lot of great multimedia including live tour footage and even a documentary about his music. He also has a video diary! A definite must-see website!