For much of the last decade, ambient Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros have helped usher audiences to higher planes of consciousness via extravagant compositions, nonsensical lyrics (dubbed "Hopelandic"), and, perhaps most powerfully, lead singer Jon Thor Birgisson's (Jonsi
) alien falsettos. It's a combination that's lead many to describe their music in the same way one might characterize the coming and going of a violent storm. The quiet anxiety of anticipation, the blustering buildups, the final moments of cataclysmic composition; Sigur Ros songs unfold like surprising events, with arching storylines that occasionally drift past the ten minute mark.
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MP3: "Go Do"
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