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Written by Swetha Ramakrishnan
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Published: August 17, 2013 5:42:52 am


Album: Kveikur

band: Sigur Ros

Music: XL Recording

Rs. 399

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When Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros’s new lead single Brennistienn launched in March this yr,amidst rumours of the band’s break up,it appeared just like the members have been making an attempt to show a degree. Part of their seventh studio album,Kveikur,which launched on June 18 worldwide,the eight-minute-long music was much more aggressive than what loyal followers of the band are used to. In the monitor,their signature minimalistic sound is changed by a loud,hard-to-ignore cry for consideration,and the music is rife with heavy bass beats and different unlikely distractions.

As an album,Kveikur isn’t totally unhealthy. Every music,melody or beat manages to present you goosebumps,however this isn’t the Sigur Ros that we relate to. While they preserve their elementary place as a post-rock band,offering music that enables for a simple listening expertise,what stands out,generally in a great way,with songs like Brennistienn,Hrafntinna and Kveikur,are the vocals. Their lullaby-like high quality is changed with noisy,fluctuating vocals that flare up in components and fade out in some. This experiment,nevertheless,doesn’t work with songs like Isjaki,Stormor and Var,the place the music appears unnecessarily garnished with formulaic parts like quick beats,pop-sy vocals and a heavy dose of pretentious ambient sounds.

There was a time when Sigur Ros supplied a win-win expertise for all genres. Metal followers might laud the layers and understated aggression of their music,pop music followers might relate to their glowing vocals and all people unanimously liked the feel-good Hoppipolla from their fourth studio album Takk… But with Kveikur,there appears to be an id disaster. While the title of the album interprets to “candlewick”,Kveikur is a haunting kaleidoscope of songs that has you hard-pressed to determine whether or not you just like the album or not. Sometimes,that’s not a nasty place to be in.

swetha.ramakrishnan@expressindia.com

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