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Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust [Slipcase] [Parental Advisory]

Inspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during Heima, Sigur Róg. Íllgresi ) that prove to be the band's sparsest and most affecting work to date. Worry notthough, plenty of electric guitar can be heard throughout the album ensuring Sigur Rós commitment to challenging sonic Endalaust.The Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust is truly a groundbreaking album for Sigur Rós. It s thefirst time they ve attempted to write, record, mix, release and support (by touring) an album inthe same year. Notoriously known for their laborious writing/recording style and their Icelandicroots, Sigur Rós 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 (SearSound and Sterling Sound), London (Abbey Road and Assault & Battery) and Havana. Theresult is pretty much their leave home album, the anti-Endalaust.The opening track, Gobbledigook , is a manifesto setter with its shifting/no time signature. Onthe last track, All Alright , Sigur Rós find themselves singing a song solely in English for thefirst time. The seventh track, Ára Bátur , was performed with a full orchestra and the LondonOratory Boys Choir. This was recorded in one take with no overdubs and the result was 90people 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 KenThomas. It was a true co-production, one that found Sigur Ró
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Album: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust [Slipcase]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Gobbledigook
2)    Inn Mr Syngur Vitleysingur
3)    Gdan Daginn
4)    Vid Spilum Endalaust
5)    Festival
6)    Med Sud I Eyrum
7)    Ara Btur
8)    Illgresi
9)    Fljtavk
10)    Straumnes
11)    All Alright
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Slrn Sumarlidadttir, Maria Huld Markan Sigfsdttir (strings); S. Sigurtarson, S.J. Samelsson, I.G. Erlendsson, Stefdn Jn Bernhardsson, Emil Fridfinnsson (brass); Sunray and Breeze, Sggi Friendi, Haddi Gunni, John McClanian Best Jr. (tambourine).
  • Audio Mixer: Flood .
  • Recording information: Assault And Battery, London, England (01/2008-04/2008); Egrem Studio, Havana, Cuba (01/2008-04/2008); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (01/2008-04/2008); Kjartan's Living Room (01/2008-04/2008); Langholtskirkja (01/2008-04/2008); Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY (01/2008-04/2008); Sundlangin, Alafoss, Iceland (01/2008-04/2008); Sundlavjin (01/2008-04/2008).
  • Photographer: Ryan McGinley.
  • Sigur Ros's fifth studio full-length, MED SUD I EYRUM VID SPILUM ENDALAUST, begins with such a tour de force of orchestral pop in the first half, listeners will recall Brian Wilson's self-describing "teenage symphonies to God." Pilfering from both the Arcade Fire--see the rousing second track "Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur"--and Animal Collective--see the lead-off single "Gobbledigook"--in equal measure, the Icelandic quartet create a masterwork that weds their soaring bombast to near-conventional pop structures and adds an experimental joy to their normally somber obsessiveness. The latter half of MED SUD is more in line with their previous effort, TAKK..., with more lived-in textures and slower paces, but after the poppy first half, the change is welcome. The album was recorded in a house in Reykjavik by Flood, who finds the same hooks and sweeping passion here that he did over two decades before engineering U2's THE JOSHUA TREE.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.111) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]wapping ethereal splendor for tighter songcraft....The group's dynamic new sound surges with rapid-fire la la las."

CMJ - "Their signature joyous orchestrations and epic crescendos are still intact..."

Q (Magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[They] give each track its own distinct character. Thus we've two three-minute 'pop songs', acoustic folk, a soaring rock ballad and the tree-thumping Ewok-techno madness that is 'Gobbledegook'..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's still some beautifully glacial music....But now, occasionally, the Arctic exploration party becomes simply a party. The opening 'Gobbledigook' is almost acoustic happy hardcore..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #17 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[R]esonating with a celestial majesty."

Paste (magazine) (p.68) - "[T]he group colors outside of well-established lines this time around, pounding on tribal drums during 'Gobbledigook,' smearing swaths of mellotron across 'Fljotavik' and 'Straumnes,' and pulling back on its patented reverb in favor of crisp, clean lines."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]hey deliver plenty of moments where they sound more spirited, looser, almost playful."
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