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Takk by Sigur Ros

Geffen Records

Sigur Rós

review by Michael Lohr

One of the most uniquely original bands to come along, ever! Each record Sigur Rós make is like a breath of fresh air, a wondrous, mesmerising sound. And Takk is their best record to date. Seriously, if you're Icelandic or know about Icelandic culture, you'll understand this next reference; listening to Sigur Rós is like listening to a concerto of very talented Huldufolk musicians. They are an echo of the ancient, primeval and a whisper of the future tense. Their music ripples across all levels of your consciousness and reverberates into ever nuance of your being. Takk is like taking a head-trip into the dominion of happy. If one word could be used to describe Takk, it would be joyous. This ain't Goth music, nor is it a soundtrack for the shoe-gazer depression generation.

Takk is Sigur Rós' first Icelandic language record. All previous records the lyrics were sang in Hopelandic, a language they created. The song Glosoli is a brilliant wash of sonic beauty. Glosoli is very reminiscent of the experimental, aural dabblings of fellow Iceland band Mum or maybe My Bloody Valentine. But Sigur Rós is original, very original. There really has not been any other musical unit quite like them. Other songs like the title track, Hoppipolla, and the wondrous Saeglopur are some of the best music Sigur Rós has ever written.

I've heard the music of Sigur Rós labelled 'post-rock' - and considering the blighted state of modern rock music, I would have to agree with this analogy. This music is postmodern, almost post-human. Sigur Rós essentially leave the current fragmented music scene behind to walk a new path. Maybe, just maybe Sigur R�s are inventing a new genre of music.

I love the book cover packaging that comes with the CD, a great marketing scheme. It feels like you've procured a secret, sacred text that sings to you the lost whispers of the ancients. Hmm... maybe this is indeed music from Atlantis. Maybe we could call it Huldufolk music (those from Iceland will know what I mean).

Edited by Tony Lee
for PIGASUS Press