Valtari

Valtari

by Sigur Rós
     
 

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After taking a long break from recording new material, Sigur Rós' sixth album, Valtari, is a welcome return for the Icelandic soundscape pioneers. Their previous album Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust had been their most intimate and cheerful record to date with songs

Overview

After taking a long break from recording new material, Sigur Rós' sixth album, Valtari, is a welcome return for the Icelandic soundscape pioneers. Their previous album Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust had been their most intimate and cheerful record to date with songs that could actually be called "songs" and the band stripping their sound down to the point where you could almost pick out individual instruments in the mix. It appears that singer Jonsi took all the sunshine and most of the pop song structure away for use in his solo career, because Valtari is a return to the epically somber and sonically all-encompassing approach the band perfected on their first few albums. Filled with giant washes of sound bathed in reverb, echoing keyboards, smears of strings, and massed backing vocals, the album ebbs and flows from giant crescendos to heartbreakingly intimate moments with Jonsi's otherworldly voice riding the waves like a mythical dolphin. Each song creates its own insular world of atmosphere and emotion that can be so intense that when they end (usually after a solid six to eight minutes), the silence makes it feel like you've been yanked harshly out of a reverie. It's a shocking sensation but it speaks to how completely the band is able to transport the listener out of the day to day and into a magical realm. As is usually the case, it's a realm of graceful melancholy that comes across as a bit gloomy, until Jonsi begins to sing in his angelic croon, that is, and you are lifted. On the surface, Valtari may seem like a step back for the band, but instead of just retreading the past, the album is one of their best; a refined display of their musical power with breathtaking dynamics and enough emotion to flood an ocean.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2012
Label:
Xl Recordings
UPC:
0634904057022
catalogNumber:
40570
Rank:
12654

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sigur Rós   Primary Artist
Kjartan Sveinsson   Group Member
Orri Páll DýRason   Group Member
Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir   Strings
Borgar Magnason   Strings
Margrét Arnadóttir   Strings
J. Birgisson   Group Member
G. Holm   Group Member
Hildur Årsaelsdöttir   Strings
Pálína Árnadóttir   Strings
Svoinbjasnardöttir   Strings
Sölveig M. Gunnersdöttir   Vocals
Sólrún Sumerliduodöttir   Strings
Söley M. Odle   Vocals
Salka Þ. Svanhitardöttir   Vocals
Holmfirdur Banediktsdöttir   Vocals
Hildur F. Hávarðardöttir   Vocals
Hera Eiriksdöttir   Vocals
Edda Rün Ólatsdöttir   Strings
Brynhildur Melot   Vocals
Björg Garðarsdöttir   Vocals
Barunn Óskmarinösdöttir   Strings

Technical Credits

Ken Thomas   Engineer
Sigur Rós   Composer,Producer
Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir   String Arrangements
Valgeir Sigurðsson   Engineer
Alex Somers   Engineer,Additional Production
Hildur Årsaelsdöttir   String Arrangements
Daníel Bjarnason   String Arrangements
Birgir Jón Birgisson   Engineer
Sólrún Sumerliduodöttir   String Arrangements
Lilja Birgissdöttir   Artwork
Inga Birgissdöttir   Artwork
Edda Rün Ólatsdöttir   String Arrangements
Eamonn Dengan   Director

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