Thursday, April 23, 2015

018/100: "Valtari" by Sigur Rós

Billed as ambient, "Valtari" by Sigur Rós is definitely atmospheric. It is, however, more than simply ambient: there are stunning post-rock dynamics at play along with subtle orchestral moments, exquisite vocal harmonies and wonderfully ethereal choral pieces that stir the soul; all these factors gently temp this album out from the background.

I think the involvement of Jónsi's partner, Alex Somers, is apparent. There is an elegance to this music that could be lost if attention isn’t wholly given. The band, with Somers, have a remarkable understanding of sound that pervades every one of Valtari’s 54 minutes.

Truly magical.

Why only 100 words?

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