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Running Around the Old Round Ground

by Olafur I Hvarfi

Relaxing acoustic chill out music from Iceland
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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3. Lonesome Is Humanity
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Having been a Studio manager for some years I am influenced by many types of music styles, from folk music, ambient feel of " Sigur Ros " who started their carrier in my studio in Iceland ( Hvarf Studio ), to fast beat pop music. With my album "Running Around the Old Round Ground" I decided to only use one unplugged acoustic guitar and bass guitar, in one song (Oh Freedom) I put the mic over my old harmonium and improvise the feel of the moment. I use only one old tube mic and no percussion or other ornaments to support the music, all should be based on the guitar, bass and voice. The melodies are in different style, five songs with lyrics in english, two in Icelandic and one instrumental. Simplicity and relaxation is the main theme of this album.


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First 10 SoundOut Reviews for the title song "Running Around..."
The average rating of your track: 7.3 /10



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29-Jun-2012 23:04

Enjoying the chord pattern right from the beginning of the piece. Soothing chorus and very easy listening. Impressive vocals to sustain melody during

the chorus! Even after the track has finished, I still have both the melody and the lyrics on a slow replay in the back of my mind - well composed! To

improve, I would suggest a more obvious change in chord patterns on progressing from the verse to the chorus, to make the listening experience more

exciting. The addition of another instrument would also have the same effect. Overall, good track!



29-Jun-2012 23:01

This song is a soft and dark colored folk tune which carries a lovely and pleasant message in its musical bars...the guitars and strong vocals that run

deep in the background offer a smooth and refreshing quality that direct this track to a place of warmth and comfort....this is a song which expresses a

deep emotion and pleasant sound through all of the choir vocals and guitars quietly and strongly driving in the songs main melody....overall this song

will take a spot as a folk song that is a favorite with families for months to come



29-Jun-2012 23:01

I thought this was what I would call a country track. The singer who was leading the vocals was a man, and his voice was something else. His voice was

unique and not what I am use to. I was truly feeling it though. It has something special that stood out, and his voice was a perfect fit in every way with

the background sound itself. There was an acoustic guitar if I am correct, and the playing was evident of talent. The man who was singing stayed in

tune the whole time, and he did a very good job. He deserves to be noticed.



29-Jun-2012 23:01

Well played guitar chords and notes.Reminds me the songs from the 80's and 90's.Dark and depressive.Actually I like such songs.Vocals are well sung

and maintained in the song.Don't have pretty much to say about.Actually not my genre,but still liked the song.Thanks a lot for it :)



29-Jun-2012 23:01

The song open with a very gruff country feeling, in the best way. It felt like I was driving down an old dirt road to the end, and gave me visible chills.

The vocalist has the country sound and feeling down, and it seems very natural. The compliment of the guitars to the overall feeling of the song was

positive, but i felt that there should have been a little more to the actual song, maybe more flair from another instrument. A solo vocal ending would

have totally encapsulated the mood of the song for me.



29-Jun-2012 22:57

This song is running so nice and soft with a melody filled up quick and strong with guitar notes dripping through flawlessly...the sounds are created and

rolling with such a good and attractive style while the sharp vocals are running and passing through the verses with a sweet and refreshing tone....the

general dark and peaceful tone gives us a feeling of peaceful and deep music notes that are streaming through our hearts and minds with such power

and passion....



29-Jun-2012 22:55

The start of the guitar riff reminded me of a country genre. The artist's smoky vocals mix rock and country together flawlessly. I would enjoy other

tracks by this artist. However, the lyrics and the music together are a bit strange and I'm not sure which type of genre this would fit under exactly.



29-Jun-2012 22:54

Nice country feel to the song and song which helps you to relax. Not really my cup of tea but I like the guitar and the deep vocals. The choral vocals in

the middle and at the end give the song helps to create an eerie atmosphere.



29-Jun-2012 22:53

this rock track is running so soft and gentle with a melody line bursting with color and beauty...the sweet and expressive guitars are lining up a melody

with some lovely sounds and tones that are driving the songs strength and dynamics through in such an excellent way...this track displays some dark

and pleasant notes as the song shows a range of sound that is so attractive and bright...the song shows levels of yes nice and peaceful dynamics and

solid melodies all the way through



29-Jun-2012 22:51

Just two changing chords can make an actually good song. Good lyrics, have this "lost my track" feeling to it, and the chorus-like part takes the song to

another level while listening. Maybe a little short, some potential that could be explored in further songs. Vocals are right, well fitted and in tune.

Alec Cunningham

"you will want to lay back and listen to it endlessly"
Artist: Ólafur í Hvarfi
Album: Running Around The Old Round Ground
Review by Alec Cunningham

Though Icelandic artist Ólafur í Hvarfi has released a few songs previously, Running Around the Old Round Ground is his first big release as a solo artist. This release is completely and ultimately his own in that he has completed every aspect from composing and producing to writing and playing on his own. Above that, he has even dealt with all of the grueling promotional portions himself.
The “Hvarfi” part of his name comes from the region of Iceland in which he resides, which is also referred to as Hvarf. Coincidentally, this is the same place that famous indie band Sigur Rós debuted from; the two artists have worked together and are also share a partnership in Hvarf studio.
He has stuck with the theme of keeping his music simple as well as personal throughout the entirety of the album. The only sounds that you will hear are those of an acoustic guitar, bass, and his own vocals. Even the gear used to record the album has a simplistic air about it. For instance, only old equipment such as a tube microphone and a harmonium were used within the studio.
The album’s title, Running around the Old Round Ground, is a mouthful. Try saying that five times fast. And that is practically what he has to do in the title song. It has a touch of an old folk ballad sound to it, making it a memorable piece. And the way that he spouts out the lyrics is unbelievably catchy. There is certainly a unique sound that he brings to the table. You learn quickly that he enjoys inserting sections of humming between verses and choruses. In some songs, it sounds almost as if he has wrangled in a whole choir of monks to participate in the venture.
Since he is from Iceland, it is only natural that two of his songs are sung in Icelandic. The first of these songs, which is called “Gloria Mundi,” is a song about nature. The last line of the song, “Sic transit gloria mundi,” is actually a Latin saying that loosely translates into English as, “How quickly fades away the glory of the world.” The next of these songs is called “Dauðaferðin.” In Icelandic, the title means ”Death Journey”. And as the title suggests, the song is about the moments leading up to our last and the unique way that each of us faces that final moment on earth.
As the simplest songs within this release, “Lonesome Is Humanity” and “Oh Freedom” certainly still have a ton to say. “In Lonesome Is Humanity,” everything manages to be said in a mere four lines. He comments on his view of the state that civilization is in singing, “Lonesome is humanity, feeding on its vanity, growing so intensively, welcoming insanity.” Each line is communicated in a hauntingly beautiful fashion. Similarly, “Oh Freedom” is expressed in only three short lines. He sings, “Oh freedom, sweet liberation, is on our way.”
This is not a release that you will want to multitask to; once you get into Running Around the Old Round Ground you will want to focus all of your attention on it. Whether Ólafur í Hvarfi is singing a song that is a mere three lines long, or is singing one that spans a good deal longer than that, he always manages to get his point across. And he does so in such a graceful manner that you will want to lay back and listen to it endlessly. The songs intertwine elaborate finger picking with soft chords and delicate strumming, and once they are combined with his deep voice, it is evident that he has created something of great beauty.


Review by Alec Cunningham
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Alec Cunningham

"you will want to lay back and listen to it endlessly"
Artist: Ólafur í Hvarfi
Album: Running Around The Old Round Ground
Review by Alec Cunningham

Though Icelandic artist Ólafur í Hvarfi has released a few songs previously, Running Around the Old Round Ground is his first big release as a solo artist. This release is completely and ultimately his own in that he has completed every aspect from composing and producing to writing and playing on his own. Above that, he has even dealt with all of the grueling promotional portions himself.
The “Hvarfi” part of his name comes from the region of Iceland in which he resides, which is also referred to as Hvarf. Coincidentally, this is the same place that famous indie band Sigur Rós debuted from; the two artists have worked together and are also share a partnership in Hvarf studio.
He has stuck with the theme of keeping his music simple as well as personal throughout the entirety of the album. The only sounds that you will hear are those of an acoustic guitar, bass, and his own vocals. Even the gear used to record the album has a simplistic air about it. For instance, only old equipment such as a tube microphone and a harmonium were used within the studio.
The album’s title, Running around the Old Round Ground, is a mouthful. Try saying that five times fast. And that is practically what he has to do in the title song. It has a touch of an old folk ballad sound to it, making it a memorable piece. And the way that he spouts out the lyrics is unbelievably catchy. There is certainly a unique sound that he brings to the table. You learn quickly that he enjoys inserting sections of humming between verses and choruses. In some songs, it sounds almost as if he has wrangled in a whole choir of monks to participate in the venture.
Since he is from Iceland, it is only natural that two of his songs are sung in Icelandic. The first of these songs, which is called “Gloria Mundi,” is a song about nature. The last line of the song, “Sic transit gloria mundi,” is actually a Latin saying that loosely translates into English as, “How quickly fades away the glory of the world.” The next of these songs is called “Dauðaferðin.” In Icelandic, the title means ”Death Journey”. And as the title suggests, the song is about the moments leading up to our last and the unique way that each of us faces that final moment on earth.
As the simplest songs within this release, “Lonesome Is Humanity” and “Oh Freedom” certainly still have a ton to say. “In Lonesome Is Humanity,” everything manages to be said in a mere four lines. He comments on his view of the state that civilization is in singing, “Lonesome is humanity, feeding on its vanity, growing so intensively, welcoming insanity.” Each line is communicated in a hauntingly beautiful fashion. Similarly, “Oh Freedom” is expressed in only three short lines. He sings, “Oh freedom, sweet liberation, is on our way.”
This is not a release that you will want to multitask to; once you get into Running Around the Old Round Ground you will want to focus all of your attention on it. Whether Ólafur í Hvarfi is singing a song that is a mere three lines long, or is singing one that spans a good deal longer than that, he always manages to get his point across. And he does so in such a graceful manner that you will want to lay back and listen to it endlessly. The songs intertwine elaborate finger picking with soft chords and delicate strumming, and once they are combined with his deep voice, it is evident that he has created something of great beauty.


Review by Alec Cunningham
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

SoundOut 2

"Haunting and gorgeous, this one could be a classic"
The average rating of the track: 8.1 /10
Running Around the Old Round Ground


09-Jul-2012 12:16
The guitar strings on this track are very strong and solid. The vocals are confident and committed to the lyrics and the remarkable delivery. Very well versed and the performance was right on target for this artist.
09-Jul-2012 12:15
I completely adored the beginning of this song, it built up well and the sound was very crisp, lovely. The voals suited the rest of the track perfectly, I could imagine it in a movie about travelling. The lyrics weren't always audible but from what I heard they were well written.
09-Jul-2012 12:02
Your backing instrumental was quite good. The guitar chord progression is really simple, but sometimes that's the best way to step stuff back and let the lyrics take a front seat every once in a while. I think your choice of chords was well thought out.
The lyrics were lovely as well, as simple as they were also. I don't think I'll be forgetting about them soon. And to boot, the vocals were haunting and had a lasting effect on top of it all. I was really impressed with what you brought to the table. The backing vocals added to the "haunting" effect, and I hung on as the song played itself out the rest of the way through the haunting humming into rather sudden silence.
So, instruments, beat, vocals, backing vocals... everything was pretty spot-on!
This song would do really well as far as sales are concerned with the right kind of promotion and a target to your genre. I commend you on a job well done!
09-Jul-2012 12:01
Good guitar play and vocal work and also very good rhythm but its a bit hard to understand the lyrics there for the meaning of the song. But summary the song is good but a little depressing.
09-Jul-2012 11:56
Heavily produced folk with a thick Icelandic accent. Hauntingly melodic and minimalist, this tune is in a similar vein to the moody singer/songwriters of the 70s and 80s, such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. Definite not "radio-friendly", this track could go far in the alt folk and alt country underground. Haunting and gorgeous, this one could be a classic.
09-Jul-2012 11:55
the intro to this tune is pretty good.the vocals are descent too.recording was good
and it sounds lonesome and attractive to people.acoustic guitar is good and vocals are weird but cool too.songs lie this ae cool.

09-Jul-2012 11:55
Really slow to get going, dont like the old type of music. Boring song, do not like it at all. Cant see this song ever hitting radio and definatley wont be a future hit. quite a dark song. Not very good at all
09-Jul-2012 11:52
The intro has a nice little bit of melancholy to it. The vocals are deep and a little gritty, with a choral effect showing up early in the tune that might have been just as effective if it was half as long. There could have been a little more variation in the lyrics and vocals, it felt a little bit like listening to the same one minute song twice in a row. The guitar riff is continuous throughout the tune and feels a little dreary by the end of the piece.
09-Jul-2012 11:51
Awwww this song has made me become so emotinla it was like i'm going to start crying i miss these kind of songs i really do. The male singer has got the most beautiufl and azming voice ever this song sounds so sad and the harmony of heartbreak i can hear in the tempo and smooth flow of music.
09-Jul-2012 11:49
Great vocals. Sounds like the male singer in Dead Can Dance. A deep hollow soulful voice. Tinges if country music, with also a hint of church hymn gospel. There is also a Patti Smith influence I think. She has an album called Gone Again which sounds like this. The track is too short and it would be nice to have at least another minute of it.