“með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust”

sigur rós released their fifth lp “með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust” june 23rd worldwide (june 24th in north america). the album title is translated into english as “with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly” with the english spelling of the icelandic album title being “med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust”

whereas sigur rós’ last release “heima” took the band to their homeland, their newest creation is the first album in the band’s career to be made outside of iceland.

inspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during heima, sigur rós decided to adopt a looser approach in the writing and creation of með suð. the material for the album was written, recorded and mixed entirely in 2008 and is being released just one month after its completion. the album glows with the perfect imperfection of live takes, the sounds of fingers playing guitar strings, cracked notes, and a stark, upfront presence not found in previous sigur rós recordings, moving away from reverb-soaked guitar sounds towards something altogether more affecting. the record also contains some of the most joyous music the band has ever recorded.

með suð � eyrum við spilum endalaust

the spirit of með suð í eyrum… is reflected by the album’s artwork, contributed by acclaimed visual artist ryan mcginley. mcginley first met the band when he photographed jónsi six years ago; the album cover was taken from a flyer for mcginley’s most recent exhibit i know where the summer goes, which happened to find its way into jónsi’s inbox just as the band was deciding on how to best visually represent their new collection of songs.

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~ by Austin Maguire on June 26, 2008.

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