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The video (50mb .mov) for Sigur Rós' new single Gobbledigook was shot by Arni&Kinski, inspired by (and in collaboration with) Ryan McGinley (previously), discussed photographer, chronicler of stars, commercial short film (60mb .mpg) director, and (apparently) Jonsi's former paramour. (Some links NSFW.)
posted by progosk (22 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Some links NSFW? How about the main one? Jeeze...

Not impressed by the video, of course I'm not impressed by SR either. Also not impressed by Ryan McGinley's photos, big whoop-de-do with that. I don't see any emotional context to his work. Really, looking at his stuff I see nothing but indie-bullshit. Nice NY indie bullshit.
posted by Vicarious at 1:03 AM on May 28, 2008


Thanks for the exhaustive post, progosk. I at least enjoyed it.

Sorry you weren't impressed, Vicarious; I hope everything about the next post impresses you!
posted by churl at 1:30 AM on May 28, 2008


ok: links 1 (video), 7(Ryan), 10 (discussed) and 14 (short film) NSFW.
posted by progosk at 1:32 AM on May 28, 2008


I heard this song on the radio this morning, and it sounds less like them than I'm used to. They're playing own here in a couple of months and I'm still on the fence about going to see them. I like them, certainly, but I'm not in love with them. Their music is soothing but it doesn't take me to another level. But I have heard they're great live. So yeah, on the fence.
posted by liquorice at 1:43 AM on May 28, 2008


I really liked the video. But then I really like naked people.
posted by brautigan at 3:19 AM on May 28, 2008


poison ivy?
posted by geos at 4:02 AM on May 28, 2008


Bwaaa haaa haaa
posted by strawberryviagra at 4:49 AM on May 28, 2008


Sigur Rós, whose lyrics are often in an invented language, have a new single called "Gobbledigook?" That's genuinely hilarious, and shows a sly sense of humor I didn't associate with those guys.
posted by Ian A.T. at 4:56 AM on May 28, 2008


Someone's been listening to Animal Collective...
posted by Sys Rq at 6:37 AM on May 28, 2008


Yesssss. Since listening to Ágætis byrjun back in the day, I knew they had that pop magic with song like Ny Batteri. Then came the snooze-fest (), followed up by Takk, where I think they hit their stride. If this is any indication, they've evolved their sound further. Can't wait.
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 7:51 AM on May 28, 2008


Someone's been listening to Animal Collective...

And Ginastera, just as a guess. It's a real change in their sound, definitely, which is not something I expected, as I had previously pegged them as one of those rare kinds of artists who find one thing to do and then do it perfectly...
posted by jokeefe at 8:16 AM on May 28, 2008


It's a very welcome and somewhat overdue shift in their musical sails (or something). The ol' drone & coo can only take one so far.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:39 AM on May 28, 2008


Iceland. So that's where the hippies went. Who knew?
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:31 AM on May 28, 2008


I like Sigur Ros...it sounds like someone set their metronome on double speed on this one. It's OK...may take a couple of listens.
posted by kozad at 4:19 PM on May 28, 2008


Vicarious: do you at least get any pleasure from the fact that others are impressed?
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:19 PM on May 28, 2008


liquorice: I'd strongly recommend you see them live.

(Having said that, I'll probably not do so myself. I've seen them twice already, and although the concerts were excellent, I think there's a diminishing rate of return on seeing the same band over & over again, especially with tickets for international acts costing $80 or more these days. Better to catch three or four touring local acts for that money)
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:26 PM on May 28, 2008


now, see, if mTV was like this, I'd watch
posted by krakedhalo at 4:32 PM on May 28, 2008


And... Sigur Ros gave a terrible interview on NPR.
posted by tayknight at 6:46 PM on May 28, 2008


sigor ros and bjork - what else does iceland have in terms of music? i think these guys are partially flying on the iceland track.
posted by figTree at 10:41 PM on May 28, 2008


I really like that video. More than expected. Thanks.
posted by wemayfreeze at 10:58 PM on May 28, 2008


figTree - múm are quite wonderful (fansite, wiki). Finally We are No One is one of my favourite albums ever.

Sigur Ross sidekicks Amina are also nice (a quartet of girls on violins, glockenspiels etc; they normally play live with SR to flesh out the latter's sound, which is otherwise reliant on lots of studio work & production on the albums)

I think Stafraenn Hakon is also from Iceland - lots of atmospheric, overlayed guitar soundscapey stuff - also on a SR style cinematic postrock tip.

I'd personally rate Bjork as the least of the Icelandic acts that I know of, which is saying something.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:51 AM on May 29, 2008


Sigur Rós, whose lyrics are often in an invented language, have a new single called "Gobbledigook?" That's genuinely hilarious, and shows a sly sense of humor I didn't associate with those guys.

Actually (if I'm remembering right), the majority of their songs are in Icelandic. I believe most of the lyrics on () were in the nonsensical Hopelandic, but most of their albums just have a few tracks like that. Not that I had any clue of that myself before I read about it recently, though. All that said, I smirked when I saw the song title myself.

I absolutely love Sigur Ros, but... I don't know about this. I appreciate them trying something outside of their comfort zone, but this just doesn't captivate me nearly as much as I want it to. However, they've been one of the most uniformly wonderful bands that I've ever come across, so I'm sure that there will be plenty of songs on their upcoming album that I will enjoy. I wonder how much of an influence that the producer (Flood) has had on them.
posted by kryptondog at 8:20 AM on May 29, 2008


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