Sigur Rós – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
June 25, 2008
The new album from Icelandic band Sigur Rós starts out on an unexpectedly sunny note, with “Gobbledigook” and “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur,” which, the first track (and first single) in particular, have a much poppier sound than I’ve ever heard from them. The rest of the album has a similarly lighter feel overall, and contains moments of quiet, sometimes melancholy beauty that can sometimes culminate in epic symphonic codas, as on tracks like “Festival” and “Ára Bátur,” the latter track done with a full orchestra and choir. Like M83’s recent release, Saturdays = Youth, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (translated by the band as “with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly”) seems a paean to youth and possibility, here symbolized by the promise of the summer season. It’s a beautiful album, poppy without being sweet or sentimental, epic without being melodramatic, a soundtrack to the summer you always hoped you would have. Highly recommended.