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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