SIGUR ROS: “( )” 20th anniversary limited translucent haze 2LP

SIGUR ROS: “( )” 20th anniversary limited translucent haze 2LP

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SIGUR ROS: “( )” 20th anniversary limited translucent haze 2LP. Released 16th Dec 2022

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SIGUR ROS: “( )” 20th anniversary limited translucent haze 2LP. Released 16th Dec 2022

They say: ( ) – Sigur Rós’s celebrated third album, and for many the most quintessentially “Sigur Rós” record, hits its 20th anniversary on October 28 th 2022. The album has been remastered by legendary mastering engineer Ted Jenson at Sterling Sound. ( ) is the only album where Jónsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. A desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music extends to each of the album’s eight songs, all of which are nameless. The record is broadly divided into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album is light and optimistic, the second half bleak and melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of Untitled #8 – the closing song of every Sigur Rós show since it was written in 2000.

( ) was recorded at the band’s own studio Sundlaugin, in Mosfellsbær outside Reykjavik, in 2002, co-produced by the band with Ken Thomas, who also helmed their breakthrough second album, Agætis Byrjun.

We Say: The Icelandic post-rock heroes’ magnificent third album gets a very welcome reissue. While officially untitled, it is more widely known as “()” or “The Brackets Album”.

“It comprises eight untitled tracks, divided into two parts: the first four tracks are lighter and more optimistic, while the latter four are bleaker and more melancholic. The two halves are divided by a 36-second silence, and the album opens and closes with a click of distortion. Lead singer Jón Þór Birgisson (“Jónsi”) sang the album’s lyrics entirely in “Hopelandic”, a made-up language consisting of gibberish words”. WIKIPEDIA

So frankly, while it is undoubtedly entirely awesome, it could also be described as “a bit arty and pretentious”. “untitled 4” gained them big exposure in the USA when it featured in the terrible Tom Cruise film “Vanilla Sky”.

And the closing “untitled 8”, often known as “popplagio” is quite possibly the greatest 12 minutes of music ever recorded by anybody ever. Fact.

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