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Agaetis ByrjunReykjavík-based noise quartet Sigur Rós are the biggest band in their native Iceland, which should say much, much more about the collective insanity of that earthquake-ridden, blizzard-beaten crag of an island than anything to do with Sigur Rós's sound. But in their music, Sigur Rós reflect all the breathtaking glory of the Icelandic wastes--a fairy-tale explosion of unhinged elemental majesty that's finally crystallized here, their debut European release. Poised somewhere between the haunting soundscapes of Labradford and the lilting Celtic falsetto of Enya, Agaetis Byrjun is a truly breathtaking listen. Frontman Jon Por Birgisson sings in a language that Sigur Rós dub Hopelandic--an otherworldly mutation of Icelandic, sung in the falsetto cadence of angels; similarly, he plays his guitar with a violin bow, opening the floodgates for brilliant waves of feedback. And while it's the opening Svefn-G-Englar that's Sigur Rós' moment to date, there's far more that they have to offer; listen to the pomp and flourish of a full orchestra on Flugufrelsarinn, or the awe-inspiring near-religious mantra of Ny Batteri.LP 1
4. Ný batterí
1. Hjartað hamast
2. Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
3. Olsen Olsen
4. Ágætis Byrjun
5. Avalon$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
TakkTakk - Sigur Ros's fourth album and the one where they finally got happy, albeit in their own inimitably beautiful and deeply inscrutable way. This is the record that gave the world Hoppipolla, a song which cemented Sigur Ros's reputation for being the go-to band for anyone wanting a sense of hope and exultation in their film/TV show. The record also harboured moments of definitive Sigur Ros drama in singles Glosoli and Saeglopur, and high beauty in Se Lest and Svo Hljott. Takk. - which means thank you in the band's native Icelandic - quickly became the bandÕs biggest selling album around the world, fuelled by Hoppipolla's usage in the BBCÕs Planet Earth nature series.
Sung in a mixture of Icelandic and the wordless Hopelandic, TakkÉ was recorded by the band with producer Ken Thomas in 2005 at their Sundlaugin studio in the Icelandic countryside. For the first time since its initial release, the vinyl record comes packaged on 2 x 12-inch, plus 1 x one-sided etched 10-inch. The album artwork is the original debossed and die-cut sleeve, with printed innerbags, all done to the bands exact specifications.1. Takk...
4. Með Blóðnasir
5. SÉ Lest
9. Svo Hljótt
10 LP (Etched)
1. Mílanó$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
( ) (Limited Edition)Sigur Ros' celebrated third album, and for many people - especially in US where it remains their biggest selling work - the most quintessentially Sigur Ros record of their career to date. It is the only album where Jonsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. This desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music extends to the eight songs, all of which are nameless. The music is broadly split into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album is lighter and more optimistic, the second bleaker and more melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of Untitled #8, the closing song of every Sigur Ros show since the song was written in 2000.1. Untitled 1
2. Untitled 2
3. Untitled 3
4. Untitled 4
5. Untitled 5
6. Untitled 6
7. Untitled 7
8. Untitled 8$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Riceboy SleepsKnown primarily for his haunting falsetto and other-worldly presence as the singer in Sigur Ros, Jon Thor Birgisson has, together with his partner Alex Somers, been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for two or three years now, including the release of a limited edition picture book. A couple of months back the early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track Happiness, on the exemplary Dark Was The Night Red Hot compilation.
Riceboy Sleeps is human in a profound and verging-on spiritual way. It says nothing, literally, and yet living through its 68-minutes you emerge feeling much has been revealed. Its slowly evolving abstract landscapes are both edifying and life-affirming. The record works as a whole, and exists in a contemplative dream-state, unconstrained and mesmeric, seemingly outside time. The record, however, is more active than its apparent antecedents in the ambient output of Brian Eno, and other deliberately low-impact works. Riceboy Sleeps is awash with both tension and stimuli, as well as being frequently, and stunningly, beautiful.
Played solely on acoustic instruments in Iceland and featuring long-time string collaborators Amiina, as well as the Kopavogsdaetur choir, Riceboy Sleeps has a suitably organic feel. The full-length Riceboy Sleeps album (the name having migrated from artist moniker to album title) is set to subtly redefine expectations of slow and elegiac instrumental music in 2009.1. Happiness
2. Atlas Song
3. Indian Summer
5. Boy 1904
6. All The Big Trees
7. Daniell In The Sea
9. Sleeping Giant$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Med Sud I Vid Spilum EndalaustInspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during Heima, Sigur Ros adopted a looser approach in creating their fifth album Med Sud I Vid Spilum Endalaust. The album consequently is fresher and more human than anything they've previously recorded.
Rough edges, cracked notes, and the sound of fingers on strings are audible resulting in tracks (e.g. Illgresi) that prove to be the band's sparsest and most affecting work to date. Worry not though, plenty of electric guitar can be heard throughout the album ensuring Sigur Ros' commitment to challenging sonic limitations.
Med Sud I Vid Spilum Endalaust is truly a groundbreaking album for Sigur Ros. It's the first time they've attempted to write, record, mix, release and support (by touring) an album in the same year. Notoriously known for their laborious writing/recording style and their Icelandic roots, Sigur Ros decided to record an album outside of Iceland for the first time. Recording, mixing and mastering sessions took place in such un-Reykjavik cities as New York (Sear Sound and Sterling Sound), London (Abbey Road and Assault & Battery) and Havana. The result is pretty much their leave home album, the anti-Heima.
The opening track, Gobbledigook, is a manifesto setter with its shifting/no time signature. On the last track, All Alright, Sigur Ros find themselves singing a song solely in English for the first time. The seventh track, Ára Bátur, was performed with a full orchestra and the London Oratory Boys Choir. This was recorded in one take with no overdubs and the result was 90 people playing at once and just one perfect take. This is their first album working with Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey) and the first since their debut to not be recorded with Ken Thomas. It was a true co-production, one that found Sigur Ros breaking out of old molds/habits. Double LP on high quality 180g vinyl.
Sigur Ros' fifth album is the Icelandic band's most worldly, varied and impetuous. The band achieves a new unity in variety here, winding from near-glam romp and fireside-folk warmth to slow-climb grandeur with an attention to the repeated payoff in a sturdy hook and hum-along chorus. (4 Stars) - Rolling Stone
Old-fashioned psychedelic grandeur is revived with otherwordly majesty and inexorable crescendos, a typically majestic but uncharacteristically summery album, with jolts of percussive energy and connotations of sunlight and air. - New York Times1. Gobbledigook
2. Inní MÉr Syngur Vitleysingur
3. Góðan Daginn
4. Við Spilum Endalaust
6. Með Suð Í Eyrum
7. Ára Bátur
11. All Alright$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ValtariYou 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 "songy" 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. Gatefold 2LP with MP3 coupon.1. Ég anda
2. Ekki múkk
8. Fjögur píanó$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hvarf - HeimHvarf, is a five-track collection of rarities from Sigur Ros' vaults. Heim, is comprised of six acoustically performed versions of favorites from their back catalog.Hvarf disappeared or haven
Salka - 6:06 [The name of Georg's stepdaughter], previously unreleased
Hljómalind - 4:53 (Formerly known as Rokklagið [The Rock Song]), previously unreleased
Í Gær - 6:22 (Formerly known as Lagið Í Gær) [Yesterday], previously unreleased
Von ('Hvarf' version) - 9:12 [Hope], original version on Von
Hafsól (2005 version) - 9:46 [Sea Sun], same version as on Hoppípolla, original version on Von
Samskeyti ('Heim' version) - 5:20 Attachment, original version on ( )
Starálfur ('Heim' version) - 5:25 Staring Elf, original version on Ágætis byrjun
Vaka ('Heim' version) - 5:17 The name of Orri's daughter, original version on ( )
Ágætis byrjun ('Heim' version) - 6:35 A good beginning, original version on Ágætis byrjun
Heysátan ('Heim' version) - 4:40 The Haystack, original version on Takk...
Von ('Heim' version) - 8:14 Hope, original version on Von$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Game Of Thrones Season 4 Soundtrack
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
First Pressing Of 2000 Numbered Copies On 'iron Throne' Coloured Transparent Vinyl
Winter is coming!
Game of Thrones is the wildly successful fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song Of Ice And Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels. Its fourth season premiered on HBO in April 2014, with already two more seasons in preparation. The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm's deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. The series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment.
Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It also received widespread acclaim by critics. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and the Golden Globes.
The soundtrack was scored by German composer Ramin Djawadi, best known for his Grammy-nominated score for Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Clash Of The Titans and for the TV series Prison Break. The fourth season soundtrack also features a single The Rains Of Castamere by Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. The band also appears in the second episode of the fourth season, as a group of musicians serenading the Royal Couple at their wedding reception.LP 1
1. Main Titles
2. "The Rains Of Castamere" Performed By Sigur Rós
3. Breaker Of Chains
4. Watchers On The Wall
5. I'm Sorry For Today
8. First Of His Name
9. The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen
10. Three Eyed Raven
11. Two Swords
2. You Are No Son Of Mine
3. The North Remembers
4. Let's Kill Some Crows
5. Craster's Keep
6. The Real North
7. Forgive Me
8. He Is Lost
9. I Only See What Matters
10. Take Charge Of Your Life
11. The Children$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Young MountainGray Colored Vinyl
Brand new pressing, comes in a wrap-around heavy-stock half sleeve. Young Mountain is the first EP by post-rock San Antonio, Texas based, This Will Destroy You. The band first self-released it in 2005 to be sold at shows only. Magic Bullet records have officially released the LP & CD formats, since 2006. Many of the tracks including The Quiet have been licensed for films including Prom Night (2008), The Purge (2012), and many documentaries. For fans of Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed You Black Emperor, ISIS, Sigur-Ros, & Pelican.1. Quiet
2. The World Is Our
3. I Believe In Your Victory
4. Grandfather Clock
5. Happiness We're All In It Together
6. There Are Some Remedies Worse Than The Disease$15.99Vinyl LP Buy Now
Saturdays = YouthSaturdays= Youth is the fifth studio album by M83 produced by Ken Thomas, (Sigur Rós and the Cocteau Twins) with co-production by Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, and Ladytron) and M83's Anthony Gonzalez. The album was originally released on Mute in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim including an 8.5 Best New Music by Pitchfork, and being named album of the year by Urban Outfitters & Drowned in Sound. Kim & Jessie one of the singles off this album, was also placed at #256 on Pitchfork's list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.1. You, Appearing
2. Kim & Jessie
3. Skin of the Night
4. Graveyard Girl
7. We Own the Sky
8. Highway of Endless Dreams
9. Too Late
10. Dark Moves of Love
11. Midnight Souls Still Remain$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Go Out EP (On Sale)Go Out is a 4 song remix EP of solo tracks from Sigur Ros guitarist and vocalist Jonsi Birgisson.1. Go Do (Klive Remix)
2. Tornado (Fuck Buttons Remix)
3. Around Us (WLD PTCH Remix)
4. Go Do (Bogdan Raczynski Remix)$9.99 $7.89 Save $2.10 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Of A Sudden I Miss EveryoneKnown for bringing an emotional heft and sense of hope to a usually placid genre, Explosions In The Sky have experienced the kind of meteoric rise in popularity that flies in the face of music industry convention. Their songs are too long for radio play or commercial music videos; they avoid performing in LiveNation/Clear Channel venues; they didn't jump to a major label; and they don't sing. After scoring the film Friday Night Lights, they took two years to work on this record, which is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting. RIYL: Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono.1. Birth and Death of the Day, The
2. Welcome, Ghosts
3. It's Natural to Be Afraid
4. What Do You Gome Home to?
5. Catastrophe and the Cure
6. So Long, Lonesome$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
VonThe heaps of praise during 2000 surrounding 1999's Ágætis Byrjun brought surprisingly little attention to Sigur Rós' first record, released in 1997. Remaining available only through the band's Icelandic label, it took some effort to obtain, but those who did get a copy probably found it to be just as adventurous as Agætis. Though darker and more fractured than the string-laden nooks of the follow-up, it's just as sprawling and outright bombastic. It's remarkable that such a young band would be this experimental at this stage in their lifespan, but the sheer breadth gets to be an albatross. Poking fun at '70s prog rock is just as easy as shooting at cement gargoyles on a suburban rooftop, especially when you're an indie kid or a fan of post-rock. But Sigur Rós makes Yes look like the Minutemen. Whittled down to 40 minutes, Von would be considerably more effective than it already is. As a mood setter, the 10-minute opening track really takes about three minutes to do what it needs, and a few other spots seem to drag on for the sake of sucking time. That doesn't prevent Von from being impressive, veering from Gavin Bryars-style aquatic minimalism to My Bloody Valentine-style dream pop. Varying states of isolationist ambience run throughout, whether evoking unrest or tranquil rest. You can practically envision a stray headboard floating through the Sinking of the Titanic-type passages, and the lush Myrkur comes from a planet where MBV's Kevin Shields and Kitchens of Distinction's Julian Swales are accorded the level or worship that Earth gives to Hendrix and Clapton. And then there's that voice, one of the most distinctly unintelligible voices since the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser. Boy? Girl? One would be hard-pressed to guess without liner notes. Based on pure sound, Von is just as much of a treat as the acclaimed follow-up.
- Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. Sigur Rós
3. Hún Jörð
4. Leit að lífi
6. 18 sekúndur fyrir sólarupprás
1. Veröld ný og óð
4. Syndir Guðs (Opinberun frelsarans)
5. Rukrym$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Von (Awaiting Repress)Limited Edition Direct Metal Master Import
Originally issued back in 1997, Von was the first full album release from Icelandic drifters Sigur Ros and it's now available here on Limited Edition Direct Metal Master 200g Import LP. The sound across these 12 tracks is reassuringly primitive, though often daring, drifting from 4AD-inspired quasi-shoegazing atmospherics at one moment, and John-Cage inspired silence the next. The band was quite obviously at this stage not only looking at the reverberating echoes of the British Indie scene of the late 80s, but also in its more ambitious forefather, Prog rock.1. Sigur Ros
3. Hun Jord
4. Leit Ad Lifi
6. 18 Sekundur Fyrir Solaruppras
8. Verold NY Og Oo
11. Syndir Guos (Opinberun Frelsarans)
12. Rukrym$42.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Kveikur"This is the most exciting new Sigur Ros song I've
heard in a long time, and I love the band's music."
~Bob Boilen, NPR
Kveikur is the band's first release on XL Recordings worldwide.
The record, which was self-produced by the three
members of Sigur Rós: Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg
Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason, sees the band shifting
towards a more direct, aggressive sound.Brennisteinn
Var$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow150 Gram Vinyl
Five years ago on May 6th, 2008 we released Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow. It was a different record for us. We had been invited to play at the Riceboy Sleeps art exhibit after party. It would be our first live show. Since it would just be the two of us performing we had to write material specific to the event. Of course it was intimidating because both Jonsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós and the gentle natured, multitalented Alex Somers would be sitting in the audience just a few feet away from us. Nothing to worry about though, they were absolute sweethearts. Jonsi toasted us in the middle of the set, which helped soothe our nerves, and you could sense their genuine appreciation for our performance. (On a personal note, my favorite memory was when Jonsi sang to me while we were just sitting around and talking about creating loops and soundscapes.)
Andrew and I came back home and decided to create a record out of the music we had written for the after party. There were no beats on the record, just pure ambience and a few cellos added to sweeten things up. We finished recording and Jonsi and Alex asked if Riceboy Sleeps could create the artwork after we asked them for permission to use the title, Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow. So here we are now with a remastered version and and a gorgeous vinyl release. Why? When we brought the original recordings to the mastering session the title track had been bounced down at the wrong sample rate so it wasn't in an actual key. It was between two keys. When we performed it live we would play it in the proper key and it just sounded better to us. So we approached Taylor Deupree and asked him to do a new mix of the title track and remaster the whole record. The record now sounds like it's in 3D and the title track is now true to our original vision. So rich and warm. As for the vinyl Well a lot of you have been asking for vinyl from us so this is kind of a test to see how it goes. But the main reason is the artwork. Vinyl sized artwork by Riceboy Sleeps. It's gorgeous and it's just nice to be able to hold it in your hands. Not to mention the warm sound of vinyl. This is a unique recording within the Hammock catalog. Unique in the way it was created, in it's sonic texture and artwork.
-Hammock1. Gold Star Mothers
2. City In The Dust On My Window
3. This Kind of Life Keeps Breaking Your Heart
4. Mono No Aware
5. Three Sisters
6. Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow
8. Razorback Drug Town
9. Eighty-Four Thousand Hymns
10. We Will Say Goodbye To Everyone
11. All Of Your Children Are Addicts$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Innundir SkinniInnundir Skinni is the second album from Icelandic singer/songwriter Ólöf Arnalds.
Produced by Sigur Rós' Kjartan Sveinsson - who also produced her debut - the album sees Arnalds continue with her sparse mix of vocals and guitars, this time adding strings, brass and various overdubs to create a truly otherworldly feel to her music.
Sung in her native tongue as well as English, the album also includes a duet with fellow Icelander Björk on Surrender.1. Vinur Minn
2. Innundir Skinni
3. Crazy Car
5. Svíf Birki
8. Surrender (Vocals Uncredited) - Björk
9. Allt Í Gúddí$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GoJonsi has spent more than a decade writing epic compositions with Sigur Ros, creating some of the finest, most acclaimed albums of the last ten years. The choice to make an album of solo recordings came together as a solution to a backlog of songs Jonsi had written that didn't seem to fit within the Sigur Ros context. Go is a different beast entirely. Ecstatic, dramatic and alive, it features Jonsi's signature vocals throughout, with the majority of the songs sung in English.
Not a straight ahead pop record, nor rock, folk, ambient or electronic, it encompasses all of these to create an expansive musical palette that's been brought to life by Jonsi alongside a number of free-spirited collaborators. Chief among these is Nico Muhly, the Philip Glass protege who is renowned for his work with Bjork, Antony & The Johnsons, Bonnie Prince Billy and Grizzly Bear. Also in the mix is the percussive genius of Samuli Kosminen, whose original drumming powers many of the songs along so you have a sonic landscape that bears little relation to anything else around today, yet explodes from the speakers with sheer happiness and wonder, wide-eyed and eager to be heard. The album was recorded in Iceland and Connecticut, was co-produced by Jonsi, Alex Somers and Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst in London.1. Go do
2. Animal Arithmetic
4. Boy Lilikoi
5. Sinking Friendships
7. Around Us
8. Grow Till Tall
9. Hengilas$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The Silence (Awaiting Repress)'In The Silence' is the English language version of Ásgeir's breakthrough debut album 'Dyrd í dauðathogn', translated from Icelandic by John Grant.
Born and raised in the hamlet of Laugarbakki (population, 40) in the wilds of Iceland, Ásgeir comes from a large family of musicians. Last year, at just 20 years of age he became an overnight sensation in his domestic music scene with the September release of Dyrd í dauðathogn breaking all records to become Iceland's fastest and biggest selling debut album by a home grown artist, outselling Björk and Sigur Rós. Staggeringly, one in ten of the the Icelandic population now owns the album.
Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, in Iceland the unusual poetry of Dyrd í dauðathogn attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because it was mostly written by Ásgeir's 72 year old father. Combining both electronic and organic elements, the songs themselves are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctively melancholic voice, their vibrancy elevates his appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.1. Higher
2. In The Silence
3. Summer Guest
4. King And Cross
5. Was There Nothing?
7. Going Home
8. Head In The Snow
9. In Harmony
10. On That Day$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
A Love Of Shared DisastersLong Awaited Repress On Brown Colored Vinyl
With a full baker's dozen's worth of musicians listed, the debut album by the U.K.'s Crippled Black Phoenix is part of the whole post-Broken Social Scene concept of band as endlessly mutating collective, but A Love of Shared Disasters is considerably more mutant than most. The driving force behind the band is Justin Greaves, former drummer for sludgy art-stoner metal acts Iron Monkey and Electric Wizard, but the heaviness sporadically on display here owes more to Mogwai (whose bassist Dominic Aitchison is a key participant) and Godspeed You Black Emperor!, an obvious touchstone for the epic centerpiece Long Cold Summer. Elsewhere, there are twisted fragments of Neutral Milk Hotel's lo-fi emo-psych, traditional British folk-rock in the Steeleye Span mold (complete with harmonium parts straight out of the Shirley & Dolly Collins songbook), tunes reminiscent of old sea shanties warped within an inch of their life (see the opening The Lament of the Nithered Mercenary and the vintage Fairport Convention gone doom metal feel of The Northern Cobbler), and unexpected hits of straight-up Sigur Rós ethereality. It shouldn't make a bit of sense, and it doesn't in any sort of logical way, but there's an underlying vision to A Love of Shared Disasters, a cracked singularity that keeps it from being just a random bunch of acid-fried weird ideas glued together higgledy piggledy.
- Stewart Mason (All Music)LP1
1. The Lament of the Nithered Mercenary
2. Really, How'd It Get This Way?
3. The Whistler
4. Suppose I Told the Truth
5. When You're Gone
6. Long Cold Summer
1. Goodnight, Europe
2. You Take the Devil Out of Me
3. The Northern Cobbler
4. My Enemies I Fear Not But, Protect Me from My Friends
5. I'm Almost Home
6. Sharks & Storms/Blizzard of Horned Cats$36.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Copenhagen Dreams (Awaiting Repress)Limited Edition Colored Vinyl (Green)
Composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Johann Johannsson is one of Iceland's most prolific creative musicians, both as a solo artist and composer, and as part of the Kitchen Motors collective and label, which includes members of Sigur Ros, Mum and Slowblow. Johannsson now presents the soundtrack to Max Kestner's city symphony, Copenhagen Dreams. The album features music for string quartet, clarinet, celeste, keyboards and electronics and was recorded with some of Johann's favorite Icelandic musicians.1. Eleven Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty-Nine Died of Natural Causes
2. They Leave Everything Behind
3. They Fed the Sparrows Leftovers and Offered Grass to Scherfig's Turtle
4. An Eiffel Tower by the Lakes
5. Three Thousand Five Hundred and Ninety One Benches
6. The Jewish Cemetery on Møllegade
7. They Dream They'll Get There
8. A Memorial Garden on Enghavevej
9. A Six-Lane Highway
10. He Hit Her on the Head with The Wind in the Willows
11. He Says it's the Future
12. There's No Harm Done
13. They Had to Work it Out Between Them
14. The Song about the Hyacinths
15. It Will Take Some Time
16. She Loves to Ride the Port Ferry When it Rains
17. A French School on Værnedamsvej
18. Here, They Used to Build Ships
19. They Imagine the City Growing out Into the Ocean$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
FORGETWhile writing FORGET, Xiu Xiu released the lauded Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, collaborated with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, and scored an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute. All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works.Standout track, "Wondering" is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. FORGET was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo.1. The Call
2. Queen of the Losers
4. Get Up
5. Hay Choco Bananas
6. Jenny GoGo
7. At Last, At Last
10. Faith, Torn Apart$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NeptuneNeptune is the major label debut album from Boston progressive folk duo, Tall Heights. Neptune is the follow up to 2015's Holding On, Holding Out EP which was met with critical acclaim from outlets like NPR and The Wall Street Journal who compared their emotive harmonies and poignant lyrics to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Sigur Ros and Bon Iver. Of particular note is the track "Spirit Cold", the lead single from the forthcoming release.
The multi-talented singer songwriters, composers and instrumentalists featuring Paul Wright on cello/vocals and Tim Harrington on acoustic guitar/vocals got their start busking on the streets of Boston, growing up in a neighboring town in Massachusetts. Neptune is a far lusher construct than those early acoustic days - along with pristine and emotive vocal harmonies, there's subtly chugging electric guitar and a spare descending bassline on "Iron in the Fire," ethereal synthesizers and a spacious drum part on "Spirit Cold," a brittle splash of percussion to open "Backwards and Forwards" and feedback created by two cellphones on "Cross My Mind."1. Iron in the Fire
2. Spirit Cold
3. River Wider
4. No Man Alive
5. The Runaway
7. Horse to Water
8. Backwards and Forwards
9. Two Blue Eyes
10. Cross My Mind
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ImpressionsFollowing the release of their acclaimed 2012 debut, Everything Touching, Tall Ships were championed by both the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival. Their debut earned a wealth of critical praise, with Pitchfork citing its penchant for the more swashbuckling strains of Okkervil River and Modest Mouse, M83's downcast glimmer, and Sigur Ros' misty yawn, and BBC Music claiming, the trio's debut displays dizzying craftsmanship.
After a patch of personal turmoil and a falling out with their record label, the band found themselves at a crossroads. Where lesser bands might have crumbled under the weight of expectation and adversity, Tall Ships regrouped and retreated to keyboardist Jamie Field's country home to re-adopt a similarly DIY recording process to that which birthed Everything Touching years earlier. As such, Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it's a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal - easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written, marking them out as one of the UK's most promising rock bands but one worn with the battle scars of doubt, fragility and lessons learned the hard way.1. Road Not Taken
2. Will to Life
6. Meditations on Loss
7. Sea of Blood
8. Lost & Found
9. Day By Day
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