27th March, 2006

Sigur Rós dance anthems anyone?

So, I’m working on a very laborious project that is taking months to get through, and I’m finding one of the few things that is helping me is the music of Sigur Rós. Some of you know of my allegiance to Iceland, that I lived there for a while, and also that I’ve loved Sigur Rós for about eight years.

Recycle Bin cover

Whilst new album Takk is incredible, and better than the sumptuous but drifty () (great title!), I’m still finding great solace in my long-time fave Ágætis Byrjun - probably one of the best albums ever made.

However, after dipping into my old Icelandic music collection, I dug out first album Von, which is the sound of the young Sigur Rós getting their heads around what they really want to sound like (it’s from 1997 I think). Then, I found a very rare, obscure Sigur Rós album that I forgot I had, called Von Brigði (which means Von recycled) - known as Recycle Bin to those of us crap at Icelandic, that I picked up in Reykjavik’s Japis music store years ago.

A quick Google search revealed that Recycle Bin is no longer being pressed (it was only released in Iceland on Bad Taste records), although some chancers are selling second-hand copies on Amazon for $70 dollars! It’s also available to download it seems (loads of links via Google). My thanks to Tim, who informs me that it’s still available via the Bad Taste site.

Recycle Bin is Sigur Rós at their most diverse, remixed by the likes of Gus Gus, Mum and the band themselves. It’s basically a “forget what you think you know about this band” kind of record, and features some remixes that represent tracks from Von as drum and bass, ambient, jazz or electronic anthems - and there is even a Beach Boys sample in there somewhere too!

It’s Sigur Rós, but you can dance to it! If you check out just one track from Recycle Bin, make it the stunning last track (one of three mixes of it) - Leit að Lífi (means “Search For Life”) - recycled by the band themselves. Simply fucking superb, and like nothing you’ve ever heard from them, ever. Oh, and the image is of the CD cover - a beautiful bit of packaging. If you ask me, it’s a snip at $70.

Update: Here’s an MP3 of Leit að Lífi, you lucky bastards!

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