RY X & ÓLAFUR ARNALDS
COLLABORATE ON NEW TRACK ‘OCEANS’
OUT TODAY ON MERCURY KX
Ground-breaking Icelandic composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds has teamed up with genre-defying alternative singer, songwriter, and electronic producer RY X to create the ethereal, beat-driven vocal track ‘Oceans’, out today on Mercury KX.
Using a sample from Ólafur’s original composition ypsilon as the basis of the new track, RY X has written original lyrics and layered his sensual vocals with percussion and synths to complement Ólafur’s signature piano sound.
Speaking of the track, Ólafur says: “I have been a fan of RY X for a long time and always felt like we might be kindred spirits. On a whim I decided to contact him to make a remix for my album, but after a few times back and forth we started moving further away from the original song that I asked Ry to remix and we eventually realised we had started a real collaboration. A deeply inspiring one that I don’t see ending anytime soon.”
RY X adds: “I have respected and deeply appreciated Ólafur’s sounds and compositions for years, so when he reached out about a possible collaboration I was honoured to lean in and let the creative process lead. We wanted to approach something a little differently than our audiences and communities might traditionally expect from our sonic worlds. To push boundaries of style and genre, and thus a more tempo driven song came to light between us.”
The power of intense, passionate music to pull audiences into an intimate space is something Australia-born, LA-based singer RY X excels at. After the break-out success of his minimalist EP ‘Berlin’, RY X went on to release two acclaimed LPs – 2016’s Dawn and 2019’s Unfurl – and sell out a string of shows across Europe, the US and Australia (including a sensational sold-out show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall).
Having recently wrapped up a 140+ date global tour in support of his latest album, re:member, Ólafur Arnalds has now released a special deluxe edition of re:member – including 4 LPs with brand new arrangements and live reworks – on Mercury KX.