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  Sigur 1 - 9  
  Sigur Ros  
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I am all for artistic integrity. I mean, sure, you do what you want, and i will sit here and listen/absorb/critique. But i have to say: Sigur Ros's obsession with not printing any text on their damned releases is getting mighty annoying.

Here is what happened when i saw this 10" sitting at the store:

Me: Excuse me, is this a new Ep, a single, or what?

Employee: We have no idea. The package came without any information, and there is nothing on the thing. But it's only $7 for a 10"....

I suppose, then, that the only printed words involved in the distribution and release of this EP was the name of the store on the outside of the package. And i bet that if Sigur Ros could have gotten away without using that, they would have tried to....

Enough already people! I want to know what songs i am getting. Especially if 2 of them are the same as 2 songs on your last, annoying titled album, ( )! Sheesh!

So, yes, the first track of this release, which Amazon lists at being called Sigur 1, and the third track/b-side track 1 (called Sigur 9 B in Amazonian) are off of ( ).

Which leaves two new tracks. The first of these, which is the second track on side A of the 10", is a long wandering ambience piece that seems to flow logically from the conclusion of Sigur 1. It is more free in structure than Sigur Ros' music normally is. It's pretty good too: they can create a good drone when they want to.

The second new song wraps up the side B of the EP. This tune is pure ambience, shapeless and devoid of form. Even though the general work of Sigur Ros treads awfully close to the ambient border, i find that this actual foray into the mystical world of shapeless sound is not too rewarding. Instead of coming across like they were trying to create an ambient tune, this piece sounds like an experiment that is unfinished. It begs for more layers of melody and stronger rhythm.

So: should you buy this? Well, if you are a big Sigur Ros fan, then go for it. I find the aestheticness of the 10" vinyl to be rather pleasing, and i am happy with my purchase. If i had bought this on CD i might be a little annoyed that only half of the music is new, and half of the new music isn't even completed yet! However, supposedly the CD version comes with a DVD containing 3 videos. (People still make videos? Wierd. I had kind of assumed that particular art had died out in the 90's, when even MTV stopped showing the damned things.) Of course, as i have ranted here before, the videos would have been something i watched once and then forgot about. You may find them more interesting. I don't know...

So i admit to being ambivalent about this release. Which is why it only merits 3 sponges.

Related Links:

Agaetis Byrjun, an album by Sigur Ros, but not the one that 2 tracks off of this release are from.


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