The Lonely Island - The Wack Album

The Lonely Island's senseless humor and over-the-top antics are really a treat to hear as far as mainstream comedy and The Wack Album is a pretty good continuation of that legacy.

Adventures - Clear My Head With You

Clear My Head With You is not as likely to latch on to listeners in the same way as the band's debut, but hearing Adventures travel into more technically impressive territory is well worth the change up.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Whenever, If Ever

Whenever, If Ever is already on track to become a record that resonates in a very powerful way with a group of people with common roots and ideas and takes on a life of its own to become another friend.

Movie Review: This Is The End

It's far from the tightest, wittiest, best put together comedy, but it's sure to be the comedy event of the summer.

deafhaven - Sunbather

..a sprawling, magnificent work of art that is all but guaranteed to inspire a whole new generation with its ambitions.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Track Review: Sigur Rós - "Brennisteinn"

Sigur Rós - "Brennisteinn"
Release Date: March 25, 2013
It seems a bit shocking that we're getting a new Sigur Rós album so soon, doesn't it? After the band released Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust in 2008, they took a hiatus to pursue other projects. It wasn't until last year that they returned, and when they did it didn't feel as big as it should have. Valtari, the bands full length from 2012, is, by all accounts, a good record. It just felt that, given the sparse instrumentation and song writing on the album, their comeback didn't have much of an impact on the musical landscape. It is a beautiful, elegant record, but it didn't shake things up.

This time around, it appears as though Sigur Rós are ready to really kick things into gear. Not even a year removed from their last album and they've already announced their forthcoming LP, Kveikur, due out in June. Recently, the band revealed in an interview they were going for a more aggressive sound on this one, and if the new single is any indication, aggressive is an understatement. "Brennisteinn" is a menacing, lurching beast of a song that will rattle you to your core. The drums and percussion are drenched in an industrial coating that gives them a mechanical feel while a deep, dirty bass powers through the mix. Jonsi's vocals typically stay in his lower register but they still sit high above the rest of the music throughout the track, though their atmospheric texture lends itself perfectly to the song, and when he does get into that upper register they don't sound out of place in the least bit.

Over the course of the 7 minutes, Sigur Rós prove that they have not only stayed true to their word of exploring a more aggressive sound but proved that they could pull it off in ways that exceed all expectations. Considering they were recently reduced to a trio, the fact that they sound this huge is impressive. If the rest of Kveikur is along the same lines as "Brennisteinn," we may be getting the best Sigur Rós album since (). Take a listen to the song below.

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