Grain of Sand – video
The Latvian film-maker Ieva Balode has made a stunning video for the track “Grain of Sand” from Jo Berger Myhre and Ólafur Björn Ólafsson´s second album “Lanzarote” – due for release on October 4th.
The key to what might be called the emotional address of the new album as compared to its predecessor can be partlally found in the story behind its composition, for ‘Lanzarote’ is a project freighted with meaning whose references extend far beyond the formal properties of the music itself. Perhaps the most significant element is the shock reaction to the unexpected death of the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, with whom Ólafsson had frequently worked, and to whom the opening piece, ‘Grain of Sand’, is posthumously dedicated.
An unapologetically beautiful, heart-tugging theme which acts as a kind of requiem or threnody for the late composer, it sets the album’s governing mood of reflective melancholy. “’Grain of Sand’ is a song full of sorrow”, Ólafsson says. “We wrote it only days after the passing of Jóhann Jóhannsson and thought it only appropriate to dedicate it to the memory of him and the impact his music had on us. We were still haunted by his death. He was a friend and mentor. We played together in a band in the 90s and I would work with him on and off since then, often very intensely since his career as a film composer took off. Lanzarote is also the last place me and Jóhann met. I played a show there with him in a cave, a few months before his passing. Our last meeting was at the airport. He went to Costa as I went to board my plane. We joked about spending some time on the beach next time.”