The soundtrack from Réttur / Case is out now

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The biggest commission we took on in 2015 was the soundtrack for psychological drama TV series Réttur, now distributed internationally by Red Arrow Entertainment under the name Case and hopefully coming to a TV screen near you, wherever you reside.

The 9 x 1 hour series is the latest drama from acclaimed Icelandic director Baldvin Z (Trapped, Life in a Fishbowl), produced by Sagafilm for Channel 2 in Iceland. 

Case premiered in late October 2015, dominating subscriber TV ratings while on air. Subsequently, the series received 8 nominations for the Icelandic Film and TV Academy Awards Eddan, including Scripted Series of the Year, best script, costumes, art direction, three best supporting actor and actress and best actress in a leading role.

The soundtrack album that follows here contains 18 tracks that are very dark and disturbing as befits this dramatic series. You can listen to the whole OST right here, stream it on Spotify, Purchase it on iTunes, Google Play and so on and so on. 

Over at our sister company Anthemico Records, we have Petur Jonsson sharing some thoughts on the making of the soundtrack and the philosophy behind it as well, for the curious among you. 

Arnar and Petur do 'ONE' for Icelandair

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Icelandair - Welcome HomeIt is the season to think warmly of friends and family, whether they are with us or far away. And that's exactly what Icelandair's new campaign is all about. 

Truenorth's Samuel and Gunnar directed this lovely TV ad for agency Íslenska, for a campaign spearheaded by creatives Ragnar Jónsson and Kári Sævarsson. 

As for the music, Arnar and Don Pedro joined forces to create a cinematic version of Harry Nilsons 'One' to fit the mood of the commercial, sung by Arnar. 

Channel 2 - Enjoy life!

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Ólafur Arnalds
composed the music to this beautiful spot for Channel 2 or 
Stöð 2 as we know it here, the leading private television channel in Iceland. 

As you can easily see it's an ode to the enjoyment of life, whatever your preferences for fun may be. 

The spot, for 365's new campaign, was directed by veteran director Kristófer Dignus and shot and produced by cinematographer Karl R. Lilliendahl for 365 media and agency PIPAR\TBWA.

Nice, innit?

Hófí - It Has To Be You

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Sometimes we write songs for commercials that want to have their own life outside of their campaigns. Turns out 'It Has To Be You' is one of those tracks.  

Originally written for .:this campaign:. for Kristall sparkling water, it soon became clear that people wanted more of Hófí's singing. E-mails started arriving from people wanting to know where they could find a full version of the song. And who are we to deny them?

Back to the studio we went, and here it is: You can download it for free on Soundcloud, or get a zipped mp3 file simply by pressing .:this link:. You can also find it on your favorite streaming services like Spotify and on Youtube. If you want the lyrics and full credits, press .:here:.

Having said that, let's dance!

Success for music produced by Arnar

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In 2013, Arnar (far left, holding a newly acquired award) produced and mixed an album for talented new Icelandic band Kaleo. The product of this labour, debut album Kaleo, was released in december to great acclaim and good sales.

As the award season begins, things are looking good. Kaleo already got 'Best newcomers' at the Icelandic Music Awards, and no less than 3 awards at the Bylgjan Radio Music Awards, Best Newcomers, Best New Album, and Best  Singer. You can see their performance at that award ceremony .:here:.

It's worth mentioning that Arnar also produced and mixed the winning Icelandic entry in the 2014 ESC competition, No Prejudice, which you can enjoy .:here:. 

In addition to album production for other bands and commercials with us, Arnar is now working on his first solo album, the exciting details of which will soon be revealed here. Onwards and upwards!

New trailer for 'Life in a Fishbowl'

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May sees the Icelandic opening of
Vonarstræti (e. Life in a Fishbowl), director Baldvin Z's second feature film, produced by Kisi Production. 

Life in a Fishbowl tells the tale of three very different people who have a lasting effect on one another, a writer drinking himself to death, a young single mom that works at a nursery school but turns tricks on the side to make ends meet, and a former professional soccer player that climbs up the totem pole in the world of banking while his family life crumbles beneath him.

The film will be scored by Ólafur Arnalds, but Don Pedro wrote the music to the main theatrical trailer, and sound design and mix for both theater and stereo release was in the capable hands of Addi 800. And here it is: