Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Noughties #58: Sigur Rós "Takk..." (EMI, 2005)

Iceland's Sigur Rós had a worldwide hit in 1999 with the release of the post-rock classic Ágætis Byrjun. On this, their fourth album, the elven vocals and otherworldly strings combine to drag our imaginations into their ice-warm fantasy world once again. Not only that, with Hoppípolla, the third track on the album, they have managed to soundtrack triumph against adversity to such a degree that it has now become the official anthem of that emotion, and as so must be one of the most prolific tracks of the decade. The music has that rare quality: a compelling and original composition from the left-field that, though the medium of populist television, has managed to cement itself in the conciousness of the masses. It must have earnt them a few bob along the way too.

youtube.com/sigur rós - glósóli
youtube.com/sigur rós - hoppípolla
youtube.com/sigur rós - se lest

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