Sigur Rós - “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” (Within me a lunatic sings)
So, everyone’s had a chance to listen to the new Sigur Rós album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, now — it’s been streamable for a few weeks, and was finally released this week — and if it’s not one of the best albums you’ve heard this year, then there’s something wrong with you.
I won’t get too in-depth here; Sigur Rós need no introduction, and the album isn’t a huge departure from their usual sound. However, it is, perhaps, a little more accessible and digestible than their previous releases (only two songs go too far past the 5-minute mark, for one), without losing the vibrant, emotional energy they’re known for.
“Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” (Within me a lunatic sings) is the second track off the album, and one of the highlights. It embodies everything I love about Sigur Rós, containing all the signature elements — horns, glockenspiels, and the finely-crafted build up to a magnificent crescendo — without being too indulgent, in one of the best 4 minutes of music you’ll hear today.