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We're pleased to welcome Icelandic composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Snorri Hallgrímsson to the Moderna Records family. He is a long-time collaborator of composer Ólafur Arnalds, and has worked with him on various projects, including ‘Island Songs’, ‘The Chopin Project’, and the BAFTA-winning score for ‘Broadchurch’.

Recorded primarily at Ólafur Arnalds’s studio in Reykjavík, the songs on Orbit explore the difficulties of living in and moving between vastly different places: from Mexico’s sunny days to Iceland’s long winter nights and their emotional toll. Orbit is also about people met along the way, of friends and family whose absence is bittersweet. The concept of ‘home’ is replaced by an ‘orbit’ the composer circles from place to place.

The album sees Hallgrímsson expanding his classical background with elements from electronica, choral traditions, and film music. The result is a stunning blend of haunting strings, distorted beats, intimate pianos, and the composer’s own enveloping voice. The album features strings performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra and engineering/mixing by Addi 800 (Björk, Sigur Rós).


released June 15, 2018

All music written and produced by Snorri Hallgrímsson
Lyrics by Jelena Ćirić and Snorri Hallgrímsson
Mixed by Snorri Hallgrímsson and Addi 800
Mastered by Ian Hawgood

Artwork by Elín Elísabet Einarsdóttir

Vocals, piano and electronic programming: Snorri Hallgrímsson
Electronic percussion: Snorri Hallgrímsson and Drew Redman
Strings performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra

String quartet in I Know You’ll Follow: Joaquin Páll Palomares, Sigrún Harðardóttir, Karl James Pestka, Hjörtur Páll Eggertsson.

Solo violin in Homeless: Joaquin Páll Palomares

Solo violins in Orbit: Joaquin Páll Palomares and Vera Panitch

Solo viola in The Unfortunate Fortune, Be Still, My Tongue and Týnd er tunga þín: Karl James Pestka

Choir in Týnd er tunga þín: Johannebergs Vokalensemble

Special thanks:

Óli fyrir tækifærin, innblásturinn, og stuðninginn; Drew for making this interesting; Évo & Nick for the encouragement; Elín fyrir fegurðina; Addi fyrir eyrað; Kalli fyrir samstarfið; Viktor fyrir hljóðið; Ale for the advice; Finnur og Styrmir fyrir græjurnar; Mikael & JOVE för inspirationen; mamma og pabbi fyrir menntunina; Sveinbjörn fyrir vináttuna; Jelena fyrir allt.

This record was made with support by Hljóðritasjóður Rannís
© 2018 Snorri Hallgrímsson
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