Sigur Rós

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 10-04-2009

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Sigur RósSigur Rós are one of those bands that have been around for about a decade, are known around the world, and yet are hard to find out about. The Icelandic, ambient rock band have produced five full length albums so far between 1997 and 2008 as well as Rímur and Hvarf/Heim. Although few tracks are in English, a lot of them aren’t in true Icelandic either but in a term they coined called Hopelandic. This involves non-sense words and Jónsi Birgisson’s voice is used as an instrument in itself more than anything else. Another interesting instrumental direction is Jónsi’s use of a violin bow on electric guitar to create a warm background drone which really adds depth to their ethereal sound. Sigur Rós released a DVD called Heima (home) in 2007 which followed them on their free, homecoming, alfresco tour around Iceland. It features some amazing footage and is worth getting a copy of it albeit a bit dear.

Sigur Rós

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Rímur
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Hvarf/Heim
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Grace/Wastelands

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 06-04-2009

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Grace/WastelandsGrace/Wastelands was released on 16/03/09 in the U.K. Peter Doherty won Best Solo Artist at the 2009 Shockwaves NME awards before the album was released. The album features a lot of songs that have been knocking about over the years in demos and sessions such as ‘HQ Sessions Second Wave’ and ‘Acousticalullaby Sessions.’ Grace/Wastelands includes a number of guest appearances such as Dot Allison singing in ‘Sheepskin Tearaway’, string sections and Graham Coxon’s production, particularly in ‘Last of the English Roses.’ The album still sounds distinctly Pete with a romantic, old fashioned sound like yellowing paper. The complete track listing of 
Grace/Wastelands is as follows:

‘Arcady’Peter Doherty
‘Last Of The English Roses’
‘1939 Returning’
‘A Little Death Around The Eyes’
‘Salome’
‘I Am The Rain’
‘Sweet By And By’
‘Palace Of Bone’
‘Sheepskin Tearaway’
‘Broken Love Song’
‘New Love Grows On Trees’
‘Lady, Don’t Fall Backwards’

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