varf-Heim, the newest album from post-rock monument Sigur Rós
, is what I consider to be an impressively solid compilation of songs including previously unreleased tracks.
I don't plan to go through every single song on this two disk compilation because that would take way to long to explain it all (that's not to say I wouldn't put the effort into it though!).
Hvarf ["disappeared" or "haven"]
1. "Salka" [The name of Georg's stepdaughter], previously unreleased - 6:11
2. "Hljómalind" (Formerly known as "Rokklagið" ["The Rock Song"]), previously unreleased - 4:58
3. "Í Gær" (Formerly known as "Lagið Í Gær") ["Yesterday"], previously unreleased - 6:28
4. "Von" ["Hope"], original version on Von - 9:17
5. "Hafsól" ["Sea Sun"], same version as on Hoppípolla, original version on Von - 9:50
1. "Samskeyti" ["Extension"], original version on ( ) - 5:23
2. "Starálfur" ["Staring Elf"], original version on Ágætis byrjun - 5:30
3. "Vaka" [The name of Orri's daughter], original version on ( ) - 5:21
4. "Ágætis Byrjun" ["An alright start"], original version on Ágætis byrjun - 6:38
5. "Heysátan" ["The Haystack"], original version on Takk... - 4:45
6. "Von" ["Hope"], original version on Von - 8:14
The first song I played was the song I was looking forward most to hear: the new version of Ágætis Byrjun. This particular song has always been one of my favorites from the album with the same name.
The refinement (as I would deem it) is subtle but most welcome and induces somewhat of an introspective mood, as most of the band's songs have had on me personally. This music conveys emotion to me like no other band I know. When listening to the beginning and ending of Í gær, for some abstract reason I think of a ferris wheel at a local mall, except there are no visitors to be seen. The atmosphere in the beginning of this track is cold, but a pure kind of cold. I don't know why I think that, but I can really appreciate it. It's a smooth sound.
Starálfur has been reworked as a fully acoustic song with drifting piano rolls you heard in the original version. It portrays such a soundscape that is so awesome to listen to. It is a flourishing soundscape, lush.
Hljómalind, Í gær, Starálfur, and Ágætis byrjun all stand out to me as the poster child songs for the band.
The electric guitars in this album have been replaced with acoustic guitars. Virtually everything
about this album is glowing.
This band is colossal. I'm amazed at such distinct creative expression. As said in the Svefn-g-englar music video: music is the shorthand of expression
. And as I listen to any song from Sigur Rós, that's exactly what I think about ... expression, emotion; strong vibrant feelings being recorded and powerfully shot through into the world and received gently into ears of an eager and grateful listener.
Music like this takes me back to simpler times. I wouldn't know how to go about explaining myself with this. Bands like Sigur Rós make me realize that there is so much more
than what the RIAA shoves down our throats. So much
genuine unadulterated quality is simply waiting to be found and gone through. 8.5