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You can forgive Sigur Rós for being hazy on the details of the recording of
their sixth album Valtari. It’s either the album they always wanted to make, or
the album they almost didn’t make, depending on how you look at it.
In 2011, the band started the painstaking forensic task of piecing together a
cohesive and magical work from disparate constituent parts. If this sounds
unromantic, the results are anything but. Something alchemical occurs when the
four members of Sigur Rós are in the room together, and even if Valtari is more
a “studio based” album than any of its predecessors (which usually start life as
rehearsal room jams), the long hours of experimentation and unsentimental
editing have yielded incredibly persuasive results.
In English Valtari translates as “steamroller” and there is something right
about the title in terms of the process of its creation. The last three tracks
of Valtari are like one long slow gorgeous fade out, as the listener, having
been softened up by the slightly more “song-y” start to the album, is left with
the subtly shifting, deep introspective beauty of the last 24 minutes.
After that, penultimate track, Valtari is like the far heart of the album; eight
minutes that feel like being alone in row boat on a chill day, small irregular
waves lapping the wooden hull as a dense fog bank rolls in and ice slowly
encases every surface. Below the fathomless green, deep endures.
"...filled with absolutely gorgeous textures" - NPR
• Double LP
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LP1 - Side A:
1. Ég anda
2. Ekki múkk
LP1 - Side B:
LP2 - Side C:
LP2 - Side D:
8. Fjögur píanó