In his home country, he almost has the same prestige as Björk or Sigur Rós (with whom he went on tour multiple times). Throughout the years, the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer has become a respected representative of neoclassical music, where piano, string instruments and electronic snippets come together to a warm unity.
Always a keen experimenter and innovator, Arnalds has constantly pushed the boundaries of music, and in addition to his solo and scoring work has a number of collaborative projects. Along with Janus Rasmussen of Bloodgroup he formed the minimal, experimental techno duo Kiasmos in 2009 who’s eponymously titled album was released in 2014.
What started with a three-track EP titled Stare as a surprise 5th anniversary gift to label founder Robert Raths, became the foundation of Arnalds' musical friendship with fellow musician Nils Frahm. The duo's improvisations on pianos and synthesisers culminated with the release of their Collaborative Works in 2015, encompassing the three previous EP releases plus Trance Frendz — the audio recording of their intimate 45-minute studio film.