2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 10 PICK 6- APHORISTICAL SELECTS- ‘SEAGLOPUR’- SIGUR ROS

Sæglópur - Wikipedia

10. Sæglópur by Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós may only be Iceland’s second most celebrated musical export, behind Björk, but they’ve enjoyed an acclaimed career. Forming in Reykjavík in 1994, the post-rock band’s music reflects their environment – Jonsi’s falsetto voice and the use of a violin bow on guitar all give their music a glacial beauty.

Post-rock features more extreme dynamic contrasts and longer songs than most forms of rock music – in some ways it’s comparable to classical. Sigur Ros’ music has a cinematic quality – it’s not surprising that the song has turned up in numerous TV shows and movies, including Top Gear and Aquaman. But there’s some great pop sense in Sigur Rós too – the central piano hook of ‘ Sæglópur’ is memorable, and the song is propulsive once the drums kick in.

Some of Sigur Rós’ lyrics use the invented language Hopelandic, but ‘Sæglópur’ is Icelandic for “lost at sea”. Thanks for reading and listening over the last ten songs – I appreciate people taking the effort to hear music outside of the English hegemony.

16 responses to “2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 10 PICK 6- APHORISTICAL SELECTS- ‘SEAGLOPUR’- SIGUR ROS

  1. This is lovely. I agree with the wall of sound description. I hear Coldplay in it as well, which is meant to be complimentary, not a bad thing or controversial. It predates Coldplay, so I wonder if this band was one of their influences.

  2. Nice pick, Graham. It sounds quite impressive, especially with headphones – definitely a wall of sound, as CB noted. I also agree with the cinematic characterization. Definitely different from what I usually listen to, but in a good way!

    Between the U.S., England and perhaps Australia, I think it’s fair to say many music fans (and this definitely includes me) oftentimes overlook artists from other countries – sure, there are exceptions like Björk and Abba (two random examples!), but in general, I think it’s a fair observation.

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