“Ekki múkk” – Sigur RósPosted: July 7, 2012
Artist Name: Sigur Rós
Members: Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Hólm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri Páll Dýrason
Album Year: 2012
Active: 1994 – Present
The collective Sigur Rós stand as a guiding light for all musicians striving towards creating an atmospheric, and ambient sound. Throughout the entirety of their music, nothing ever feels rushed or forced, and merely leaves you pondering how such long and intricate tracks could be made by four simple people. “Ekki múkk” comes from their sixth and most recent album ‘Valtari’, one of ten tracks on this delicately pure creation. Sigur Rós became renown internationally after their third album ‘Ágætis byrjun’, with Jónsi’s falsetto vocal style and the group’s ability to almost instantly exude such strong emotions gathering them a large fan-base.
The combination of their front-man Jónsi‘s peculiar appearance as a result of being blind in one eye, and his high-pitched, ethereal voice gives the collective a definitive surreal and mysterious appeal. Yet despite certain interest in the band being dependent on mere curiousity, Sigur Rós most definitely validate their place in the music industry with incredibly immersive, unique and touching music. Most intriguingly perhaps is the group’s decision to use the ‘nonsense’, unintelligible language ‘Vonlenska’, or ‘Hopelandic’, using it with the intent to express emotion with mere sounds and language that doesn’t necessarily translate to anything. Separate to Sigur Rós, Jónsi has released quite a lot of his own solo music, with certains tracks like his cover of MGMT’s ‘Time to Pretend’ drawing much attention.
In a some-what awkward interview with BPPNPR, the band discuss the process for creating such diverse, and atmospheric music. They say that never did they “set out to make a certain type of music”, that simply what they made was what “happened naturally”. Struggling with annoyingly general questions, they still managed to narrow down on the simple fact that together they just wanted to “make music”. Never did they “expect anything” like the fame that has found them, that they just created what they felt they wanted and needed too.
A goosebump-inducing performance of ‘Ára Bátur’ at Abbey Road Studios: