Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
(06.08, Beggars Xl Recordings)
Verdict: Deserving of the praise
I thought it would be funny to use my censoring skills again on the cover art of the new Sigur Ros, but then, on second thought, I am pretty sick of all the mean comments people leave us, and it would make me late for work, so all you can just stare at these four butts all day for all I care. I recently read a review that said the album cover fit the music perfectly, but I don't necessarily agree that naked dudes in a field is really what comes to mind when listen to its' majesty, and let me assure you, this is not a stinky album. In fact, it opposite of stinks. It's like bathing in a million colorful, silky flower petals. There is something more raw and inviting on the new Sigur Ros that is unlike their past albums. Don't expect anything incredibly different, it's still the lush dramaticism we have all come to know and love. The only song where the band's sound changes drastically is opener "Gobbledigook" which sounds like a Sigur Ros, Animal Collective love child. The other tracks set themselves apart by being looser and less pristinely untouchable than older work. The tracks are still extraordinarily triumphant, like "Ara Batur" which had 90 people playing at the same time during recording, those people including a full orchestra and the London Oratory Boys Choir. Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust translates to "With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly," but may as well translate into "With a buzz in our ears we listen endlessly" because this album is just another absolutely solid and crowning achievement to add to their pile of other incredible solid achievements rendering the band once again a tour de force in the world of music.
I don't have a YouTube account and users have flagged the new video as "inappropriate" so I am unable to post the real video. See, not everyone likes butts. Here are some stills from the video, but you can watch the full thing at sigurros.com