Sigur Rós are an Icelandic post-rock band formed in 1994 by . They hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic music scene as múm and Amiina. Their debut album Von (Hope) was released in 1997, followed by a remix collection, Von Brigði, in 1998. International acclaim came with 1999’s Ágætis byrjun (“An alright start”), which many critics worldwide hailed it as one of the best albums of its time.
The band recently released Takk, their fourth studio album, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Breathtaking orchestrations and startlingly beautiful melodies combine to build a record that will bring out a different mood and emotion with every listen.
Takk is the work of a band operating at the very top of their game, investing pop music with a sense of magic long since lost in the mists of time and imagination. This album is truly original and seems to exist outside common genre definitions, so much so that any comparison seems inappropriate. Takk is an instant classic, and might well turn out to be sigur rós’s masterpiece.
Experimental electronica outfit Lali Puna team up with Portland-based beat maker Alias and the result of this collaboration is an entrancing remix of “Alienation”, taken off Lali Puna’s fantastic new album Faking The Books (Morr Music, 2004).
A fine remix by all standards, “Alienation” sublimates the original and perfectly encapsulates the essence of Lali Puna’s music: sobriety and minimalism mixed with intense emotions. The song slowly builds up, one beat at a time, and gently leads you to its breathtaking climax (2’20”).
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Sia Furler,better known as Sia, is an Australian singer/songwriter majorly known for her work with downtempo superstars Zero 7. She has released two solo albums so far: Healing is Difficult (2000) and Colour the Small One (2002), spawning hits such as “Breathe Me” and “Where I Belong”.
Encre is a project spearheaded by French composer / performer Yann Tambour. His entrancing pieces are built around guitar, sampled instruments and loops but feel strangely organic. Mainly instrumental, these tightly knit collages are dark pieces that conjure up melodies by great masters such as Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake.
Flux is the second album by Encre and it includes eight atypical orchestral compositions that are the result of a careful and meticulous creative process. Immersed in this well orchestrated chaos, you might lose track of time and find yourself transported to lands you had never seen before.
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