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Sigur Rós - Ágætis byrjun


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(Post-rock) The Icelandic post-rockers released this record in 2000. Twenty damn years ago. It was a departure from their first record, with the ambient soundscapes somewhat done away with and replaced by the cello-bowed guitarwork of the band's frontman, Jónsi Birgisson. The overarching sound of this record can best be described as warm and lush. Hearing it is like being swaddled in the softest blanket ever and cocooned amid a forest of rich colour. It's nearly entirely sung in Icelandic, yet the melodies Jónsi delivers feel familiar and legible to English-speakers. It's a majestic record. Highlight track: 'Ný batterí'.

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