Monday, June 23, 2008

Sigur Rós

Add Date: June 24

Artist: Sigur Rós

Album: Med sud í eyrum vid spilum endalaust

Label: XL

Genre: Post-rock, orchestral, experimental

Comments: With Med sud í eyrum vid spilum endalaust, those who have followed this Icelandic troupe for the last several years are in for a pleasant surprise; those who have yet to discover one of the best and most innovative bands in modern music will receive a fine introduction. The first Sigur Rós album to be recorded outside of Iceland (in New York, London and Havana) is the band's most upbeat--label XL refers to the music as "joyous," which is entirely accurate--and accessible to date, which is appropriate for the album's title (English translation: "With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly"). Start with the splendid romp of a single/lead track that is "Gobbledigook," and dart right into "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" and "Vid spilum endalaust." While Sigur Rós don't abandon their trademark orchestral sound at any point on the record, fans of the band's previous works will want to check out "Ára bátur," recorded in one take with over 90 musicians--including the London Sinfonietta and London Oratory Boy's Choir--and the beautifully sparse "Illgresi."


Since most of you probably don't speak Icelandic, the band has helpfully provided an audio pronunciation guide for album and track titles on its MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/sigurros.

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