Archive: Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós will be on the telly again on Saturday. To couple with Sigur Rós’ supposedly more mainstream-friendly sound, the programme goes out at the mainstream-friendly time of 1:35am. Which would be Sunday morning then.

For anybody who missed Sigur Rós’ stunning performance on Jools Holland on Friday, there are links to video downloads here.

I went, “aaaaaaaaaaaahhH!!!!” The new Sigur Rós single is Hoppípolla (my favourite from the album) and the B-side is a recording of the new version of Hafssól. Yess!

Another good band will be appearing on Later… with Jools Holland. What’s going on?! I’d better not miss it this time.

Hmm, I just found out that the copy of Takk… that I bought wasn’t the special whizz bang limited edition version. You wouldn’t believe, that makes me extraordinarily irritated. I went into Edinburgh to buy it (I did something else there; I didn’t especially go into Edinburgh just to buy a CD you understand), and when I got there the normal one was the only one on the shelves!

I didn’t think much of it. Since it wasn’t in a jewel case I thought it was the limited edition, although I did wonder why it was the only one on the shelf. I love my fancy boxes! Hmph.

The full horror of the ruined copy of VonI should have seen this coming mind you. I’ve not always had the best luck when purchasing Sigur Rós music. When I first bought Ágætis Byrjun it came without a booklet and I had to get it exchanged. My copy of the Vaka EP wouldn’t play on the computer. Then there was the more recent problem with Glósóli.

My copy of Von has also been damaged. The purple-coloured case reacted badly when I put… an orange skin on it. The result was the horror that you see on the right. Who knew an orange skin could do so much damage?!

SPtA: Sigur Rós — Takk…. Or “eel sie” in Hopelandic.

Some of you may know that my sleeping pattern can get pretty dodgy. When there’s no incentive to get up, I simply don’t get up (until late anyway). So summer holidays can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if they last over a third of the year as this one has. I’m a nightowl anyway, but it just gets ridiculous during summer, and at a certain stage I fall asleep during daylight more often than I fall asleep during the dark.

And then I sleep on and on and on. At the moment I’m averaging about ten hours a day. I think this is officially unhealthy. I have less time to be out in the fresh air. I eat less. I do less. I be less. I am officially less of a person during the summer. Because basically I have no reason to be at all.

It’s actually quite worrying. I sleep for about ten hours a day, and for those few hours that I am awake I am so tired and lacking energy that I might as well be asleep.

I do try to set the alarm but it just doesn’t work. Sure it wakes me up (not that I always remember it), but I just get up, switch it off, and dive back into bed again (placing the alarm clock at the opposite side of the room doesn’t work), and immediately I fall asleep and have a random nightmare, probably about trains.

Well all that’s going to change in less than a month. In just three weeks university starts up again. I want to avoid the sort of thing that often happened last year, when I would stumbled around with so little grace that I might as well have been turned inside out. I’m sure that at some stage people will have thought I was drunk. Speaking to people was a bloody nightmare.

Acquaintance: Hi, Duncan! I’d like you to meet my friend, Random Person X.

Random Person X: Hello, nice to meet you.

Me: Hrbblurrrhrgh. Phmmggmgmgmgns. Essay. Rrrr,gh,g,ggm’ii. Bye.

So I’ve got to gently transform myself from a zombie that emerges at about 2:30pm into the early bird that gets up before 8am, in a manner that won’t turn me insane, in the space of three weeks.

Or so I thought.

You see, I am a fan of Sigur Rós, and their new album comes out on the 12th of September. And I’ve been waiting three years for a new Sigur Rós album, so I am not prepared to wait any longer than that. And you can bet that if I order it from somewhere like Amazon that it will arrive weeks late. But I live in Kirkcaldy, where there are no longer any decent music shops, unless you count Woolworths, which you don’t.

My brother recently passed his driving test. So I hatched a plan to get him to give me a lift to nearby Glenrothes where I will hopefully be able to find lovely CDs. I thought I’d be able to emerge out of bed whenever I wanted and turn up at Glenrothes in fifteen minutes.

Oh no. My brother’s got fresher’s week starting on exactly the same day and for some reason — don’t ask me — he wants to go along and join the party and be a fresher and probably sign a few important forms or something. The selfish bastard.

So I’ve got to get up at 8:30am in two weeks’ time so that he can get on with his own life instead of carting me about in search of a CD by an Icelandic one-eyed homosexual who plays his guitar with a cello bow and sings in falsetto.

Shop assistant: Ah, Sigur Rós. Great band, aren’t they? …… Er, do you have an MVC card?

Me: Ffffhfhshsgssgfhg. has interviewed a person who is probably Sigur Rós’ youngest fan, because he is only six! And he first saw them when he was four (I’m 19 and I’ve still not seen them once). What a lucky boy to be growing up with such beautiful music!


if you had to use one word to describe sigur rós, what would it be?

Well for the first time I just bought a download. I’ve never bought a download before because I like to get, you know, stuff for my money (yes, fancy boxes).

Anyway, what I didn’t know when I bought (the download-only) Glósóli was that I was not paying for an MP3, but a WMA file. Windows Media Player hasn’t worked on this computer for a long time — I’ve never been able to find out why. The file won’t play in iTunes because of DRM. It won’t play in my iRiver either, presumably because of DRM. It won’t even play in Winamp because I need to enter in a password, something which apparently only works on Windows Media Player.

Infact, the only place I can play it is on my brother’s computer, which isn’t very convenient for me. And I’ve only managed to hear the song once so far.

First impressions then. It sounds like a cross between Svefn-g-Englar and Smáskífa, with a beat added in. Then it gets very rocky towards the end (in a mainstream rock sort of way). Then there’s the obligatory Sigur Rós tinkling at the beginning and end. So I think it’s okay, but I really need to listen to it again before I can make up my mind.

The only way I can listen to it again (without intruding on my brother’s space) is to download it illegally. In a format that I can actually use.

Well done 7 Digital and Sigur Rós! Take some advice from Bleep.

We believe that most people like to be treated as customers and not potential criminals – DRM is easily circumvented and just puts obstacles in the way of enjoying music.

The strange thing is that they allow you to download it up to three times. But then they make you bend over backwards, tell you what you can and can’t play it on, and then make you type in your email address and password. I’d have liked to have been, you know, told about this or something before I paid for it. It was only 99p, so no major harm done, but it has made me pretty grumpy.

Update: Message board thread on this. You can’t play the file at all on a Mac (although fans have found out — too late — that it will be available on iTunes from tomorrow), or, of course, on an iPod (which is surely almost synonymous with music downloads). And even many people who do have Windows Media Player can’t play the file either. What an all-round mess-up.

Update: I’ve now got Glósóli on this computer. I did this simply by recording it onto the iRiver from my brother’s computer.

  1. I shouldn’t have needed to do that
  2. This shows how useless DRM is

Covers for the up-coming Sigur Rós releases have been revealed: Takk… and Glósóli. The cover for Takk… looks a bit like the Turin Shroud or something.

Glósóli is being released as a download-only single tantalisingly soon — August 15th. But apparently the entire album can be (illegally) downloaded already, and most people seem to be saying that it’s good! My mouth is watering, but I don’t download albums early. But it’s so tempting…