Ólöf Arnalds – “Crazy Car” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Like her video for “Innundir Skinni,” “Crazy Car” has a soft, dreamy logic to it. It’s one of three songs on Ólöf Arnalds’ Innundir Skinni in English (and it’s catchy), so it becomes a default sing-a-long for those of us who don’t speak Icelandic. Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson does, but he joins Arnalds in the clip to assist with the lullaby. Since you understand the words, you can probably follow some of the images more directly than you did last time: “Please don’t go to America / Here’s your home, here are your friends…” as we trail cars en route to Keflavik (the international airport), etc. Kjartansson directed with Asdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir. Here’s Ólöf on the video, in her own words:

Crazy Car is the second single for Ólöf Arnald´s upcoming record “Innundir Skinni”. The ballad is a duet is with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Ólöf and Ragnar wrote the lyrics in honor their friend and colleague who they were concerned about flying to close to the sun in New York City. “Please don’t go to America / Here’s your home, here are your friends…” It is a bit of tongue in cheek warning about the dangers of loosing earth connection. The video was filmed by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir in and around Reykjavík. In it Ásdís uses her psychedelic yet mundane aesthetics to create a portrait of the concerned friends riding around in the crazy car.

Innundir Skinni is out 9/14 via One Little Indian. It’s a beaut. See her on tour:

09/12 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/14 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
09/15 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
09/16 – Manchester, UK @ Dulcimer
09/18 – Glasgow, UK @ Captain’s Rest
09/20 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
09/21 – Berlin, Germany @ Private Club
09/23 – Hamburg, Germany @ Reeperbahm
09/24 – Dublin, Ireland @ Dublin Fringe Festival
09/25 – Paris, France @ Eustache
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Chapel
10/09 – NY, NY @ Joe’s Pub
10/11 – Washington DC @ IOTA
10/15 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
11/03 – Brest, France @ La Carene *
11/04 – Caen, France @ Le Cargo *
11/05 – Paris, France @ Le Manege *
11/06 – Firminy, France @ De La Maison De La Culture *
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues ^
11/15 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House ^
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box ^
11/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater ^
11/20 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater ^
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ^
11/24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market ^
11/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
11/27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater ^
11/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio ^
11/30 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater ^
12/01 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa ^

* w/ Air
^ w/ Blonde Redhead