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Sigur rs [9:47]
02. Dgun [5:50]
03. Hn jr ... [7:18]
04. Leit a lfi [2:34]
Sigur Rs 05. Myrkur
06. 18 sekndur fyrir slarupprs
07. Hafssl [12:25]

Von 08. Verld n og

09. Von
10. Mistur
11. Syndir gus (Opinberun frelsarans) [7:42]
12. Rukrym [8:59]

Rs makes Yes look like the Minutemen. Whittled down to 40

Jn r Brgisson - voice, guitar, keyboards minutes, Von would be considerably more effective than it already is.
Georg Hlm - bass, keyboards As a mood setter, the 10-minute opening track really takes about three
gst var Gunnarsson - drums minutes to do what it needs, and a few other spots seem to drag on for
1996 Smekkleysa Sm / Ehf 67CD the sake of sucking time. That doesnt prevent Von from being
impressive, veering from Gavin Bryars-style aquatic minimalism to My Bloody Valentine-style dream pop. Varying states of isolationist
The heaps of praise during 2000 surrounding 1999s gtis Byrjun ambience run throughout, whether evoking unrest or tranquil rest.
brought surprisingly little attention to Sigur Rs first record, released You can practically envision a stray headboard floating through the
in 1997. Remaining available only through the bands Icelandic label, Sinking of the Titanic-type passages, and the lush "Myrkur" comes
it took some effort to obtain, but those who did get a copy probably from a planet where MBVs Kevin Shields and Kitchens of
found it to be just as adventurous as Agtis. Though darker and more Distinctions Julian Swales are accorded the level or worship that
fractured than the string-laden nooks of the follow-up, its just as Earth gives to Hendrix and Clapton. And then there's that voice, one
sprawling and outright bombastic. Its remarkable that such a young of the most distinctly unintelligible voices since the Cocteau Twins
band would be this experimental at this stage in their lifespan, but the Liz Fraser. Boy? Girl? One would be hard-pressed to guess without
sheer breadth gets to be an albatross. Poking fun at 70s prog rock is liner notes. Based on pure sound, Von is just as much of a treat as the
just as easy as shooting at cement gargoyles on a suburban rooftop, acclaimed follow-up.
especially when youre an indie kid or a fan of post-rock. But Sigur mistakable emblem. Tape splices chatter through the opening section
Before Sigur Rs won the inaugural Shortlist Prize in 2001 for before a sludgy guitar and martial drums enter to pilot the fracas.
Agaetis Byrjun, they composed another album that would have met Uncharacteristically, one can actually hear a well-defined set of
the award's criteria. Fewer than 500,000 copies sold? Hell, Von reference points here, including Mogwai, Hawkwind, and Spacemen
initially printed less than 500. A shining example of sacrosanct 3.
iconoclasm? Truly. Kitschy and tongue-in-cheek enough to win over For the most part, however, Von is very distant from its time. Even
Jack Black (who this year championed Eagles of Death Metal as his in its most conventional moments, Von sounds utterly unlike anything
sole nomination)? Well, they're Icelandic. from the period, and is only tentatively allusive of the bands fecund
Around the release of Agaetis Byrjun, Sigur Rs promised to latter-day output. "Myrkur", though redolent of Pink Floyd and Hum,
"change music...and the way people think about music" forever. is happily and naively detached. Much like Agaetis Byrjun, Von
Whereas on that record nestled cozily inside a fully realized voice thrives on a certain amount of landscaping wandering the Icelandic
they sounded up to the task, Von is weighted down by the bands countryside is a surreal and uncanny experience, one that Sigur Rs
bodacious ambition. At 72 minutes, the album is bloated with ideas convey beautifully. But in sounding so consciously epic, the album
Sigur Rs would refine on their sophomore outing. As such, its an comes across more self-aware and thus less powerful than its
exciting look back at a once-mysterious group who leaped from offspring. Rather, its a rugged, cave-dwelling cousin to Agaetis
obscurity to mug the mainstream. Young, earnest, eerie, and Byrjun's stargazing hopefulness and environmentalism.
overzealous, Von is a unique, almost belligerently unaffiliated piece of Sam Ubl, December 1st, 2004
music that unsubtly blazons its idiosyncrasies.
Naturally, Von kicks off with a bold mission statement: "Sigur
rs", which is purposefully stagnant and entirely too long. At more Translations courtesy of
than nine minutes in length, the track is an ambient impasse, a slow-
moving mass of nothing much. Imagine the nebulous prelude of 1. sigur rs victory rose
Agaetis Byrjun opener "Intro" stretched to 10 times its original length 2. dgun dawn
and without a tension-breaker like "Svefn-G-Englar" to empty into. 3. hn jr mother earth
4. leit a lfi search for life
"Dgun" prolongs the shapelessness, though in a slightly more affable
5. myrkur darkness
fashion: The song features the sort of ethereal, reverb-laden choral 6. 18 sekndur fyrir slarupprs 18 seconds before sunrise
intonations that tread the fenceline between blissed-out psych and 7. hafssl the sun's sea
Enya-style therapop. But the voices are eventually fed through a 8. verld n og a world, new and crazed
voicebox and garbled beyond recognition, establishing Sigur Ros on 9. von hope
the edgier side of the divide. 10. mistur mist
Things don't really get off the ground until "Hn jr..". Centered 11. syndir gus (opinberun frelsarans) sins of god (revelation
of the savior)
around a harrowing vocal refrain, the song paints with darker hues
12. rukrym ssenkrad
than Sigur Rs newer material, but still bears the bands un-