I wish I could get a job in which all I do is write about nostalgia all the time.
Quite honestly… I can’t stand them. Gasp!
I know a lot of people love them - and I respect that, I think Sigur Ros are a genuinely talented band and the fact that people are choosing them over a lot of other music is respectable in its own right. They’re just not for me.
I’ve had this same conversation a few times before, and basically my reasoning every time is that - particularly on their later albums - Sigur Ros sounds overly grandiose and over-produced… most specifically, their most recent album is probably the most unenjoyable album I’ve listened to of anything I’ve heard in over a year. Godspeed has nine members, and they make music that sounds like that. Sigur Ros has four (unless I’m mistaken) yet they make music that sounds like it was made by an orchestra containing 100+ members. I guess my primary complaint - and the main reason why I just can’t get into them - is that the music sounds very impersonal. I can’t relate to their music, so it means nothing to me.
That being said, I will concede that there is one Sigur Ros song I actually love, that being Svefn-g-englar (or whatever it’s called… it’s track two on their second album whose name I also can’t spell). For all the complaints I have toward Sigur Ros, that song always hits me hard and blows me away completely. That song is honest, powerful, and rich with emotion - and I love that. If Sigur Ros made more music like that, I’d probably love them. Sadly they don’t.
I’ll also say that the rest of that second album and ( ) are albums I don’t mind; I can’t really connect with them, but I can listen to them and sometimes have a good time doing so. Everything after that, however, was honestly difficult for me to even finish.
I feel like I’m just going in circles now so I’ll probably bring this to an end, though I love talking about stuff like this and would happily keep writing about it forever if I could, so if any of you have any more questions like this, PLEASE ask away!
Anyway, to conclude, I don’t like Sigur Ros because their music is impersonal. I could always try listening more but that’s my take on them right now (by the way, throughout the course of typing this up I decided to put on that one song I mentioned above, and, as claimed, it has indeed knocked the socks clean off my feet, haha). And who knows, maybe there’s something I’m missing, and one of these days they’ll just click and I’ll suddenly fall in love with Sigur Ros. I don’t know.
I left to go work for three hours, and when I got back that D-Plan meme I made like two months ago had suddenly exploded. All at once.
Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, and almost every other not-from-Montreal band that people classify as post-rock (I hate that term) are basically rock bands.
Godspeed (and everything related to them), on the other hand, are essentially a punk band.
That’s why their music is and will always be more meaningful than that of other ‘post-rock’ bands, to me anyway.
ok, as promised- will give away more vinyl today, but this time on Tumblr. I have 1 more copy of the 1st press of the You Will Not Survive LP up for grabs. To keep it fair, just reblog this post today and will pick someone at random to give it to who reblogs. Just a little way to show thanks to everyone for supporting our band. It’s appreciated. Cheers.
I played the two full-lengths back-to-back and topped it all off with “Sadder Star”. I had the time of my life.
I’m dying to tell you I’m dying.
I have over 40 of their songs to choose from as I assemble tomorrow night’s playlist.
The problem is that I want to play all them.
But the music is phenomenal.