Silvergeek: Hey you indie-freaks! Buy this album and
you can say "Oh, I love those Icelandic bands" because that's
where these geeks are from.
PostLibyan: Yeah, i noticed that. How the heck do you
pronounce these songs names? How do i get that A E with the
circle over it as one character when i type????
Silvergeek: I think the band name is CEE-gar ross. I
think. There is some pronunciation stuff on their
PostLibyan: Ah yes. I still can't type these names though...
Silvergeek: Anyway, Sigur Ros's music is a complex blend
of sounds that soar and bubble and you'll swear it's the most
beautiful thing you've ever heard. But i'm gonna kick your ass
if you call this post-rock.
PostLibyan: You would? Hmmm... well, what if i call
it psychedelic rock? You see, there are times when i really
really think that Sigur Ros are ripping off early Pink Floyd.
Okay, well, one song really: track 2, which i think is called
Staralflur. This song totally reminds me of Dark
Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd. Granted, it's slightly
more modern sounding (that is, there are certain "electronica
bits" in there that Floyd doesn't have). But really, i think
that the Pink Floyd comparison is really close.
Silvergeek: I don't know what i think about that! Is
it meant to be an insult -- i mean, comparing them with an overplayed
mass-marketed band like that. Why i oughta....
PostLibyan: I don't consider this an insult. I like
Pink Floyd. I think that they made some great tunes. Granted,
the fact that they can be heard on a classic rock station somewhere
in your town RIGHT NOW, and that this is true of any point in
time, is kind of disgusting. However, that's really a problem
with the Radio and not with Pink Floyd. And it's really only
track 2 that sounds "Floyd-y". The rest of the time they take
that psychedlic sound and layer keyboards and strings over it
to great effect.
Silvergeek: Hrmmm. Well okay, i don't want you to insult
them though, because the music is sooooo beautiful. It's very
beautifully orchestrated, complex music and the girl who sings
has one of the most amazing voices.
PostLibyan: Ummm, "girl"? Look again at that website
Silvergeek: Whoops! To my surprise, "the girl who sings"
is actually a boy! Yes, one more reason to run out and buy this
album right now. I actually knew it was a boy from a long time
ago, but sometimes when listening to the album, i forget that
it's actually a boy because he sounds exactly like a girl with
a soaring emotional voice. Amazing!
PostLibyan: I like the singing pretty good, but what
i really like is the percussion. The drummer is really well
miked. In a way, it reminds me of the drumming in Spirit
of Eden by Talk Talk. There is the distinct hint of
echo involved, but not an "effect" echo. It is rather the echo
of a wide room with a drum kit hammering away in the middle
of it. Very very nice.
The only thing that bothers me is -- i wonder what the heck
they are saying, and what is all this text on the album? What
does it say?
Silvergeek: Who cares if they're not singing in English?
It's more interesting hearing those Icelandic words and wondering
what they are really saying behind that pretty melody.
PostLibyan: I guess so. I dunno though -- usually i
like not fully understading the lyrics (see: my obsession with
Cocteau Twins for more info). However, i think that because
the voice is so crystal clear, that the lack of comprehension
on my part bothers me.
Silvergeek: It does? It doesn't bother me!
PostLibyan: Yes, and THAT bothers me as well. This is
what Brillo would call "cultural
hegemony". I, as a stupid American who does not really speak
any language other than English, am somewhat bothered by this
flaunting of another language. I mean, Gus Gus and Bjork and
The Sugarcubes are all from Iceland too, and none of them inflict
their language on me! Sigh. I guess i am just being an insensitive
American. I admit that whatever he is singing, the language
does sound beautifully poetic. I wonder, is this how the average
Icelander feels when listening to Southern California hardcore
punk bands? Hmmm....
Anyway, this is a pretty minor point, and doesn't really affect
my enjoyment of the album, it's just.... strange i guess. Noteworthily
strange at that. You see, most Americans have no experience
whatsoever listening to music that they can't understand. It's
a complaint that lots of people make about Cocteau Twins, and
i wonder if it will effect Sigur Ros's potential sales in this
country? Will the average American be able to get past the fact
that he is singing in Icelandic and see that the music is truly
remarkable? I dunno.....
Silvergeek: Well i REALLY like this disc. I hope these
guys tour the US! I'd love to see them live. In fact, there
are tentative plans up on their website, but nothing definite
yet. Oh, i can't wait!
PostLibyan: Me neither! But to sum up real quick --
if you like psychedelic music with lush orchestration and amazing
vocals, then run (don't walk) to your internet connection and
order this album! I say order, because i have never seen it
in a store... It's really worth it if you can find it. And if
you are still dubious about spending the $18 or so (plus shiping)
for this disc, go to the website (which we keep mentioning)
and download the two or three free MP3's they have there. Its
a good sample. Heck, those free songs made me a fan!