with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly
the busyness of the last few months have meant that sand is overrated has been met with obscene neglect. having just recently had time to briefly catch my breath, i have been astounded by how much great music i have streaming out my ipod, waiting for me to blog about. so hopefully this marks the start of a catching up process, writing about music that i either didn't get around to listening to until recently, or just haven't had the time to write about. but i'll start off with a relatively recent happening that might actually still be relevant--the new lp from sigur rós.
með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, translated as "with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly", is set to be released stateside on june 24th. the band made the album available to stream, and i finally got around to a first listen. the unfamiliar tenor of the first track, "gobbledigook", which the band released as a free download several weeks ago and in its solitary state seemed strange and unfamiliar to these ears, fits perfectly amongst the comforts of the remainder of the album. there is plenty of the minimalism and ethereal beauty that have defined the band for years, but there is no mistaking that this album is a celebration, and by the time the half-way point of "festival" comes along, you'll be ready to lose yourself as well. the only adjective that i can summon at this point that seems to do this album a hint of justice is "glorious". but what else would you expect from sigur rós.
sigur rós : "gobbledigook"
from the lp með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (beggars xl recordings, 2008)