August 19, 2012

Emma Watson to sing with Ben Hammersley 'Pantomime', collaborating with Ólafur Arnalds




2 days ago, IcelandReview were written about a possible collaboration between Ólafur and Emma:
Watson has actively reported on her experiences in Iceland via Twitter and recently declared her love for Icelandic music, the hipster band Of Monsters and Men and soloists Ólafur Arnalds and Sóley.

A few days after her tweet, Watson and Ólafur had dinner together where they discussed possible collaboration. Ólafur told RÚV that some things may be in the pipelines but plans are at a sensitive stage and so he would not comment on any details.

Today, Ólafur tweeted about working with Emma and Ben in a studio.
Had really a fun week making music with @EmWatson and @BenHammersley93

And Ben also tweeted a picture of him and Emma recording.
Amazing week recording here in Reykjavík with @OlafurArnalds and @EmWatson

And to finish, Ben also posted a picture of the lyrics. You can a little B and E near the parts they'll sing.


Here's what I can read on the paper:
(Ben's part)
Break ties
But struggle with chains in (?)
You'll always be the puppet wire
Stapled to my heart

(Emma's part)
I'm washed out
In sorrow and in glory
It's all the same old story
But this will be the time

And I don't know why you call (Ben + Emma "I call")
When it's all going wrong (Ben + Emma "(?)")
And I don't know (Ben + Emma "Ooh")
I'll tell you what you want to hear (Ben + Emma "I'll tell you what you want to hear")

(Ben's part)
Forgive me
For all that I have done
And all that I will do
It's not because of you

(Emma's part)
I'm darker now
And darker with each day
As both of your faces
Start to look the same

And I don't know why you call (Ben)
When it's all going wrong (Emma)
And I don't know (Ben)
I'll tell you what you want to hear (Ben + Emma)

42 comments:

Chris said...

That's pretty cool. Even if it's more for fun than an actual album, it's must have been a treat for Emma to be apart of that. And although I really think the sweater is cute, apparently she hasn't gotten use to the Icelandic summer lol

Anonymous said...

I'd really love to hear Emma's singing voice! It seems like she's having fun in Iceland. It's nice to see her smile. I think the photo shows how naturally beautiful she is.

Amanda Amorim said...

Baby singing! <33

Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear Emma's singing voice! It seems like she's having fun in Iceland. It's nice to see her smile. I think the photos show how naturally beautiful she is.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe we finally get to hear Emma sing :D I saw a photo of her singing in an Icelandic bar/cafe and even before that i'd heard she was a good singer :D AHH SO EXCITED!

sparkvark111 said...

It would be nice to hear what she sound like singing. I would be interested to see what happens with this. :)

Anonymous said...

where it says "struggle with the chains in(?)" i think it's "in life".

Anonymous said...

Gah that smile ♥. I love it. I miss it. But didn't she sing ♪ Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts ♫? :D

Is Ólafur any good though?

Eden said...

"where it says "struggle with the chains in(?)" i think it's "in life"."

I see "-he" at the end. I thought it was "fire" at first, because the second and third had to rhyme, but it doesn't really look like it.

Eden said...

*second and third sentences (forgot to add the word sentences).

Thaïs said...

OH MY GOD !!! Emma singing that's great ! My dream came true haha (since she said she loved to sing, i wanted to listen to her sing a "real" song)
And that boy is so cute ouhou....

Amanda said...

It's so exciting to see Emma doing something new! Looking forward to hearing the result. She is definitely a busy bee and seems to always put herself in a position for new opportunities. Good for her!

Anonymous said...

Eden, wow, i didn't even think about it rhyming. I just saw "life" and it made sense. But I think you're right. Haha.

coslopus said...

Emma singing?!?! I know she said she likes to sing, but I didn't know she actually could (unless they're going to auto tune the crap out of her). I can't wait to hear it. I'm going to download it as soon as its available.

@anon: Where is that photo you saw? Could someone provide a link?

CutiePie32 said...

Just wondering.....,does Emma get paid for this?....And how do we know she can even sing?...i mean,lots of peole can sing but never make it big.The fact that she's alreay somebody seems to be unfair for someone who is trying to make it on the music industry.But she does have a lovley voice.But i just want an answer,will Emma be paid for this?

coslopus said...

Never mind, anon, I googled and the pic popped right up-along with a photo of what looks like Emma and Sophie in a hot tub... Google Emma Watson Iceland and you'll see what I mean.

Anonymous said...

How do we know? She could be doing it for fun and to help out her friends career. She likes singing. Let her have fun.

Anonymous said...

Many people have been complimentary to her singing over the years, whether it's co-workers to strangers at a karaoke bar. She's has to be good enough since this is Olafur's livelihood on the line as well.

Anonymous said...

is this ben hammersley as in the boy that used to be best friends with her brother alex and is in the video of alex dancing to "gasolina"?? i feel like "93" is the correct birth year.

Chris said...

@32, How do you expect any of us to know if she got/will be paid for this? And truthfully, is it really our business if she got paid or not?

Anonymous said...

That's interesting. Also there were rumors saying she had auditioned for Cosette in Les Miserables. If they're true, I assume she can sing.

I wonder what's going on with Noah. Has she started filming yet?

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear the song!

Anonymous said...

@Chris. haha. you got a point.

Anonymous said...

Emma actually has a very nice voice. She's not a "professional" in any way, but she has a good natural timbre to her voice, and she has a good ear and pitch.

nikko said...

the anonymous @ 8/20/2012 01:27:00 is right it's the ben in that video with alex hahaha he's so big now

he is also friends with alex on facebook

Anna said...

I am really not waiting for Emma to start a career as a singer. Let her stick to acting...
I hope this project is just for fun.

Anonymous said...

@nikko i thought so! i was confused about the fact that he was in iceland but i was pretty sure it was him!

Chris said...

A new article came out regarding this recording session from the Iceland Review, which was watered down from the ruv.is article. What I understood from google translate is that the session was primarily about her friend Ben getting exposure rather than Emma herself, something about not wanting to attract attention to her singing but Ben's musical ability. Good intentions at least, but perhaps a little naive on her part. It said that two songs were actually recorded, videos of the songs, and they will be available online "shortly". Olafur really had a lot of praise for Emma in the article. "She's a great singer, and although this was her first time in a studio then she obviously quite stretched vocal cords in the car." Keep in mind this is just a google translate and some things might bave been lost in translation throughout the article, so some things I may be wrong on. But this is what I got out of the article, and if anyone can correct me on any mistakes, please feel free. http://www.ruv.is/frett/%25E2%2580%259Eemma-watson-er-fin-songkona%25E2%2580%259C

Anonymous said...


I have read from an interview with Olafur that Emma wanted to help Ben establish his career as an artist because Emma believes in his talent. The interview is in Icelandic so just google translate it. Here you go. http://www.ruv.is/frett/%E2%80%9Eemma-watson-er-fin-songkona%E2%80%9C

Anonymous said...

@Anon 4:31

She is in Iceland filming Noah. I think they may have just wrapped up because Russell Crowe(Noah) tweeted about thanking Iceland and hoping to come back again soon.

Anonymous said...

@Anna I think it's just for Fun. If she would be good enough to do it professionell, someone would have "found" her already

@Eden is there a Photocall confirmed for the Toronto Festival for Perks? I know there was always one with Harry Potter, but doesn't automatically mean it will be with every Movie of Emma, espicially that HP was really big, that's why I ask

Anna said...

Did i read on Internet that Russell Crowe has left Iceland after 3concerts he gave this weekend? When did he start then? It seems so short isn't he the main character?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm i'm not sure about this. I hope it's just a one off thing. For some reason i can't imagine her having a big career in the music industry. I don't know why. But i would love it if she did. Imagine if she was the next bug thing like Michael Jackson, Elvis and The Beatles :)

Anonymous said...

i love how she lives life with such energy and fun

Anna said...

In the first picture you can see the resemblance with her brother Alex again.

Anna said...

When will Emma be done filming Noah? I read somewhere on Internet that RussellCrowe has left Iceland.

CutiePie32 said...

Any news on Emma?...hopefully she'll be in NYC next week so i have a chance to see her but probabley won't

Anonymous said...

Of Monster and Men! wicked! I love that band. Can't wait to hear the collaboration song. :D

Emma said...

This is pretty exciting. I've always wanted Emma to start singing :)

Anonymous said...

It would not be the first time that an actor or actress collaborated in a music video with musicians. I think it would be coo. Most good actors also have their singing voice developed for musicals. I like it; I'd love to hear the song. Does anyone know when it will be out?

Anonymous said...

Where are all the pics of Emma out and about with Amy, Sophie and Will over the last few days???

Thaïs said...

I just went on youtube to listen to hiw work... My god, he has some some amazing stuff, really.
I hope the song with Emma will be at least as emotionnal as what I heard on youtube.