Wanna hear something cool? It's "the aural soul of Iceland," in the words of NPR Music's Tom Huizenga.
NPR Music is streaming In the Light of Air by Anna Thorvaldsdottír, the New York Philharmonic's Kravis Emerging Composer, as part of its First Listen series. It's from an eponymous recording, to be released August 28, and is performed by International Contemporary Ensemble.
"This rumbling, evocative music ... seems grounded deep in the beautifully austere landscapes of her native Iceland," Huizenga writes. "This album is a good way to hear the magic of a faraway place and get a sense of a fascinating young composer on the rise."
Thorvaldsdottír is also featured in this Sunday's New York Times (but it's online now), which calls In the Light of Air "breathtaking." Q2 Music has named In the Light of Air its Album of the Week, and you can watch it performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble here.