As many fans as Sigur Rós has, there’s a large contingent of people who are bored to tears by the group’s sweeping soundscapes. Thanks to this more accessible sixth record, now everyone can enjoy the Icelandic foursome.
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, or With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly, finds the group in full-out pop music mode, with infectious vocals, three-minute tunes and a new approachability. This might jar some of the band’s diehards, who should have seen this coming.
While there are still plenty of swooshing sounds and heady instrumentation, it’s refreshing to see that Sigur Rós can do more than create aural landscapes. There are plenty of standouts, but disc opener Gobbledigook provides the perfect mix of hook-filled convention and fuzzy experimentation.
Sigur Rós play Massey Hall September 22.