Sigur Rós's ( ) (33 1/3)

Sigur Rós's ( ) (33 1/3)

Ethan Hayden

Words like "inspiring," "expansive," and "moving" are frequently used to explain Sigur Rós's ( ), and but the one phrases heard at the checklist itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album has no title―or relatively, its identify isn't any identify: simply an empty pair of parentheses. The purpose being that listeners will fill within the parentheses with their very own name, their very own interpretation of the sounds at the checklist. The CD sleeve involves twelve pages which are primarily clean, missing track titles, liner notes or creation credit. as an alternative, it comprises merely semi-translucent frosted pictures of summary typical scenes (tree branches, clouds, etc.), on which the listener is unfastened to inscribe their very own notes―or no notes in any respect. after which there are the lyrics, sung in a intentionally unintelligible tongue known as "Hopelandic" which the band invitations listeners to interpret freely.

Ethan Hayden's e-book does not try and fill within the gaps among the album's parentheses, yet as a substitute explores the ways that listeners may possibly try and achieve this. interpreting the communicative powers of asemantic language, the publication asks no matter if song can convey experience to nonsense. What occurs to the voice while it stops making a song traditional language: does it easily turn into one other musical tool, or is it by some means extra "human"? What position does area play on ( )? and the way will we interpret track that we can't probably comprehend, yet believe very deeply that we do?

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