‘Takk…’, the fourth album from Sigur Rós was released on Monday. Written, performed and produced by the band (along with co-producer Ken Thomas) at their studio in Álafoss, Iceland, ‘Takk…’ is the record to justify every amazing claim ever laid at this exceptional band’s door.
Huge and intimate, orchestral and gossamer-light, rich layered and essentially simple, ‘Takk…’ is a work of a band operating at the very top of their game. It accomplishes what maybe they haven’t done since they first appeared, which is to make high-flown ideas appear to be straight ahead pop music, or, perhaps more accurately, invest pop music with a sense of magic long since lost in the mists of time and imagination (not that they sound anything like any music made back in any mythical musical heyday).
‘Glósóli’ was released as a digital download in August as the perfect introduction to ‘Takk…’. Whereas much of the last untitled album was characterised by dark and slow-moving introspection, ‘Glósóli’ is immediately flooded with light, its airy vocals swooping like swallows on a summer’s day, accompanied by the soft tintinnabulation of tiny bells.
Click below to see the video for Glósóli