Let the heavens shake and the earth tremble…Sigur Rós has released a new album! And while the Icelandic post-rockers released a much more ambient album just last year in Valtari, and lead man and spirit animal of the band Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson released an album three years ago (the springing Go Do), their latest feels like the first true Sigur Rós album since 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and their finest since the 2005 masterpiece Takk. What makes their latest, Kveikur, such a magnificent return to form, is while since Takk they have released plenty of pretty and majestic music, Kveikur marks the return of the thunder and lightning, the darkness that hovers around their music and lends such stark contrast to the band’s most angelic sound. The storm that brews around Kveikur keeps you entranced with the music throughout.
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Sigur Rós is one of the few bands that I seem to treat each first album listen as a theatrical release type of experience. Before I hit play, I make sure that I have a long enough block of time that I won’t have to be distracted by anything. No work, no eating, no phone calls, no driving. On my first listen it is always just me, my headphones and Sigur Rós. Each time it’s the same thing; extremely vivid scenes play out in my head through the entire album. Whether it is old memories or new images that my mind is creating, it is impossible for me not to dream as I listen to their music. I understand that a great deal of the abstractness related to Sigur Rós has to due with the fact that a majority of their fanbase doesn’t even understand the Icelandic language in which they sing, and I am no exception, but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that they are master composers of this age’s most beautiful songs. After a four year hiatus, we have been graced with another eight gorgeous tracks from what I believe to be one of the most stunning bands of our time.
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