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SIGUR ROS - Svefn-G-Englar

Format: mCD
Label & Cat.Number: Fat Cat Rec CDFAT036
Release Year: 2006
Note: re-release
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €8.00

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Formed in January, 1994, Sigur Rs are an Icelandic four-piece band who, if the startled reactions to the pre-release CDs of this 12 are anything to go by, look set to be huge. Although until now Sigur Rs have remained unreleased outside of their native country, to date they have released 3 albums in Iceland (all on the Smekkleysa label) Von, their debut in 1997; a remix of this, Vonbrig, a year later; and a month ago, the awesome new Agtis Byrjun, which has been number 1 in Iceland since, garnering some amazing press reviews.
First spotted playing live at a Gus Gus party in Reykjavik, at which FatCat were Dj-ing, the band forge a stunning brand of beautifully-orchestrated, deeply atmospheric music. Layering a huge, rich and emotional space through a mixture of guitars, keyboard, flute, accordian, bass, drums and vocals, their tracks become extended soundscapes that shift and slide, flowering in massive crescendos, hooking the listener and dragging him /her with them.
If youre looking for reference points, check God Speed You Black Emperor or Rachels (and yes, they are really that good). What marks out a major difference though, is singer Jonsis distinctive vocal style. Sung in a mixture of Icelandic and Hopelandish (the bands own made-up language recalling Liz Frasers babytalk in The Cocteau Twins), his voice slips across the music, following its rises and falls.
Just as impressive are the bands live performances. Two tracks on the CD single bear witness to their power as a live force: Nja Lagi and Syndir Gus (both exclusive to the CD). **PLEASE NOTE THAT CD IS A REPRESS VERSION AND NOT IN THE ORIGINAL SLEEVE [label info]