Arnór Dan, the multi-award winning vocalist and front-man of Iceland’s Agent Fresco, released his debut solo single, ‘Stone by Stone’ today via Clash Magazine, who are calling it ‘a beautifully nuanced, highly graceful return.’ An ambient track that gradually builds with cinematic strings and hypnotic percussion, ‘Stone by Stone’ is a fragile and haunting lament that highlights the void created in the current digital age. Despite being consumed by our innate desire for intimacy and connection, this era is marked by an unavoidable sense of apathy that feeds a grander sense of detachment.
The accompanying video features an emblematic intimate portrayal of two mysterious figures isolated from each other within the infinite, sweeping vistas of Iceland’s volcanic landscape. The tranquil imagery accentuates the simultaneous detachment and longing they feel toward each other, with the focus shifting from the minutiae of their present moment under a magnifying glass to a broader picture of the beautiful, natural world that surrounds their affairs.
‘Stone by Stone,’ which was co-written with Janus Rasmussen (Kiasmos) and Sakaris Emil Joensen, provides a perfect musical foundation for the delicate, ethereal timbre of Arnór’s voice and showcases the vocalist at his most tender and contemplative while drawing parallels to the collective conscious.
Arnór has lent his vocal talents to several projects, including celebrated Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds (with whom he also collaborated on the BAFTA award-winning soundtrack for ITV’s Broadchurch), the acclaimed anime Zankyou No Terror with Yoko Kanno, Hugar, andAgent Fresco. In 2016, Arnór won ‘Male Singer of the Year’ at The Icelandic Music Awards for his sterling and varied work on Agent Fresco’s second full length album Destrier.