Watching the second season of planet earth made me think about and go back to the first Sigur Ros album I ever heard and pick out this track for the week.
The whole of the album Takk… is really beautiful. Well rounded in its construction with tracks flowing between one another wonderfully. It feels at times almost entirely organic in its structure as if parts from the previous track form the inspiration for the next one until its conclusion. This makes hearing it as a whole a real pleasure, a journey into their unique style condensed into its sweetest form over the albums eleven tracks.
Gong is one of the more forward facing tracks, focusing on stronger percussive elements and a swing that really brings a swagger to the piece as it transitions from darker elements of instrumentation to a piano which leads a euphoric key change for the tracks conclusion.
Sigur Rós have created some fantastic music but for me Untitled #2 from the ( ) album is my favourite. The way the whole track drifts with all instruments fitting together perfectly really makes it stand out add to that the fantastic guitar tone which is truly the icing on the cake.
I got to see Sigur Rós Live Last monday and realised I hadn’t included them in my Track of the week segment yet. Although you may not know the name there is a strong chance you would have heard their music on many TV shows, adverts and Films. The reason they are so widely used by these industrys is their ability to create really emotive music, tracks can be broodingly dark and gratifyingly uplifting. For me they seem to connect to a Primitive core of my subconscious in a way I usually only feel from some classical music.
With their six albums of material there is quite a lot to get your teeth stuck into. I thought I would go back to one of the early tracks that got them noticed. Svefn-g-englar is from their second album and is still one of my favourites.
If you like it give more a listen as their sound is so unique they are the only way to get it.
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