Hvarf - Heim CD
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Video: Heima (Film Excerpt)
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titoloheim / hvarfartistasigur rs etichettaemin. dischi1data10 aprile 2009supportocd audiogenerepop e rock internazionale----
Sigur Rós, Icelandic pioneers with the decorative and complicated CD covers, emerged at a time when rock was spawning so many new sub-genres and tributaries that reviewers couldn't come up with labels quickly enough. 'post-rock', 'experimental', 'ambient'!you name it. Yet Sigur Rós defied them all and created a fan base that loved them for this very perversity, making them leaders, never followers. The band have deflected the trappings of success and yet remain as seminal as they were in 1995, releasing an eagerly awaited album every two to three years since. So far they have four, Hvarf-Heim being as close to a 'best of' as we're ever likely to get.
The first disc of Hvarf-Heim (Disappeared-Home) belongs to an upcoming film release, Heima; the second offers a selection of acoustic tracks performed live on location while filming Heima in Iceland. With all the songs being unreleased numbers from previous releases, those expecting something new may be disappointed. But since their sound is so drifting, amorphous and sinuous, they may only betray their vintage to the most informed of their fans.
Their music is so intrinsically cinematic that it's surprising Sigur Rós haven't done more soundtrack work like so many of their contemporaries (Air, Daft Punk come to mind). Yet, as a piece of movie music this compilation makes more sense. It's not until the beginning of the second disc with "Samskeyti" that rock dynamics are alluded to. This is confirmed in the last few songs. Such a mood continues enjoyably until the end of the album where vocals are key to songs such as "Vaka" and "Agaetis Byrjun".
Sigur Rós' made up language is undeniably enchanting and transports the city-dwelling listener to barren landscapes of wintry wilderness.
Indeed, many of the songs feel like landscapes in themselves - some nine-minutes long - and the album feels like a journey through revisitation or renewal. It's a remarkable thing when you consider that their first studio release, Von, introduced the world to a new way of making 'rock' music. Maybe by now the world is ready! --Ruchie Farndon
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So it's no surprise I give this five stars. If fact I would give it six, seven if I could. Hold on, no wait! I've given it FOUR! What am I doing?
Well, it's not often that Sigur Ros disappoint me. Not since, after wearing out "Agaetis Byrjun" and "()", I finally got my hands on "Von" - the first album, and played it, and discovered it to be by the world's only Curve tribute band (and a bad one at that). But the Hvarf half of Hvarf-Heim is not Sigur Ros anywhere approaching what they are capable of. It's merely a collection of b-sides (if they released singles, that is), the final track - Hafsol - having been released before. If Hvarf-Heim had just been Hvarf, then I would have felt cheated.
Now we come to Heim. Oh dear Lord. Having listened to these six songs I know that I cannot listen to them again, tonight. Sigur Ros's music has such a way of reaching deep into you, finding your heartstrings and plucking them without thought of mercy. But somehow these acoustic versions of old favourites sound so raw and honest that hearing them just leaves you breathless.Read more ›
However first I must mention the Heim side. Acoustic live takes of previous album tracks could have gone either way, thankfully they turned out great. Samskeyti one of my favourite ( ) tracks shines out for me and the other tracks show a different, slightly more vulnerable side to the originals.
Hvarf was what I was really interested in however and I must say I was really overwhelmed in parts. Salka starts of things very nicely with some really powerful passages before current single Hljomalind cuts through, its a great track full of sparkle. The next track I gaer is a completely different prospect altogether with sinister xylophones in the intro with a almost Muse feel before a wall of Glosoli style noise smashes the thing wide open. Its great stuff. Then the reworking of Von and Hoppipolla b-side Hafsol finish up proceedings nicely.
All in all its a 2 disk summary of everything that makes sigur ros an amazing one of a kind band...Now i just wish my copy of Heima would arrive!
For all those who havent seen them playing live, the live tracks are a fantastic representation of what they do on stage..if they tour the UK soon..Ill be there and you should too..
This album, of course is no exception. Their formula of creating ambient, post-rock music, that is clearly inspired by their home country of Iceland, seems to me to be one that is incapable of ever dissapointing.
The first CD Hvarf, is an excellent collection of new songs. They are slightly rockier and edgier than alot of their previous material, but it is deep, interesting, and of course beautiful.
The second CD, Heim, is absolutely staggeringly brilliant, and if it was released on its own would be worthy of 6 stars, never mind 5. It contains acoustic versions of songs from their previous 4 albums. They have not chosen obvious songs, which I admire, and the one they have chosen I simply cannot fault. Perfect choices.
And they execute them to perfection. As a live band, they are something to behold and are clearly brilliant musicians, and they pull the songs off acoustically so so well.
If you have been a fan of anything Sigur Ros have done, this is an essential purchase, if for nothing else, just for the 2nd disc.
It only gets 4 stars not five because the new songs aren't quite up to the standard of the previous 3 albums, but never the less contains some fabulous moments.
Listen to it and prepare to get blown away....
Í Gær is also getting some airplay on TV as promo music on one of the terrestrial channels...
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Bought to replace older formats of the same album in my collection - it was always going to get 5 stars!!Published 9 months ago by The Pantsman
A superb album for Sigur Ros fans and also recommended to those only just discovering Sigur Ros for the first time.Published 14 months ago by Coast guard
I'd love to listen to this, but it wouldn't play on anyof our machines.Published 20 months ago by M. Lambert
Saw them live, this is amazing. Cannot praise it enough. Moves me to tears every time.Published on 23 July 2014 by GWB