With their fifth full-length album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (translated as With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), Sigur Rós have taken the poppy, sunshiny leanings of their previous album a step further into the light. The band has always been known for otherworldly soundscapes, and while there is enough of that here to keep the faithful happy, the band also writes straightforward, three-minute pop songs like the incredible catchy, sticky-sweet duo ("Gobbldigook," "Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur") that kick the album off like the first rays of the morning sun blazing through your bedroom window. That feeling continues on through the album as both the joyously soaring vocals and the buoyant melodies keep things floating happily on air.
Inní is the definitive Sigur Rós live experience, comprised of a double live album and a seventy-five minute concert film, capturing Sigur Rós last show before their well-documented "indefinite hiatus" at the end of 2008. Recorded and shot over two nights at London s Alexandra Palace, at the close of the world tour around their fifth full length album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The live album Inní a first for the band is comprised of the full set from Alexandra Palace, played in order with just one omission, and clocks in at one-and-three-quarter hours. Recorded by Sigur Rós in-house studio engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, Inní s live audio recording is far and away the best way of replicating the full-force effect of standing in front of one of the world s most extraordinary bands for an evening.
Sigur Rós’s ambitious plan to make a film for every track on last year's ‘Valtari’ album drew to a close in December with one of the series’ most ambitious submissions from director Floria Sigismondi. The flyblown 10-min mini-epic features indie movie stars Elle Fanning and John Hawkes, as father and daughter, one of whom may be dead. The sixteenth film in the series, it renews Sigur Ros's relationship with Sigismondi, who in 2003 won the European MTV video of year for the band's ‘Vaka', in which gas-masked school children played in the black snow of a nuclear winter. This new package sees all 16 Valtari films collected together on DVD or Blu-ray as the ‘Valtari Film Experiment’. The release includes all 14 films commissioned by the band, alongside the two winning entries from a parallel public competition, plus three additional making-of features.
Sigur Rós gave a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever came into their head when they listened to songs from the band’s most recent album Valtari. Among the filmmakers are Floria Sigismondi, Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el, John Cameron Mitchell, and many more. In early 2013, all 16 Valtari films will be collected to- gether for a limited edition, one time pressing, DVD known as the Valtari Film Experiment.
Sigur Ros has always been known as an unclassifiable band. From releasing an album in a made up language to the use of the bow to create ambient soundscapes on an electric guitar, the music of Sigur Ros is truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Sigur Ros is also well known for releasing beautiful music videos. Untitled 1 received critical acclaim for children playing in a post-apocalyptic winterland and the music video for Glosoli artfully showed a drummer boy leading a pack of children off a cliff. So when I heard that Sigur Ros was going to release a documentary, Heima (meaning home), about all the free shows they gave in Iceland last summer, I was rather excited.