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Sigur Rós — Olsen Olsen
Album: Ágætis byrjun
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7

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Total ratings: 2027









Released: 1999
Length: 7:03
Plays (last 30 days): 3
''This song is Hopelandic, it has no lyrics''
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 On_The_Beach wrote:




:)
Bo Hansson feels inspired, possibly
mcullers wrote: If there were a heaven, I'd imagine it would sound much like this. Heaven - heaven is a place - a place where Siggur Ros always happens.
Olsen Olsen Sigur Ros good song
 mcullers wrote:

If there were a heaven, I'd imagine it would sound much like this.



It does
 ScottishWillie wrote:


What is the context for this picture On The Beach?


Olsen Olsen... the Olsen twins.
 On_The_Beach wrote:



What is the context for this picture On The Beach?
don't go for the lah lah lah last bit ... first ethereal bit is grand though
Very.......icelandic!
 karlishappy wrote:

Sigue Ros sounds like they make Zelda elf music for the 21st century


Everybody in my hotel room loves Zelda elf music!


love the live outdoor performance on youtube.
It's grand and it's sloppy and it will sweep you away if you let it. 
 kingart wrote:


Yeah, OK, just THREE current groups.  Got it.   Love your eclecticism and exclusivity.  
imo, perhaps you forgot about 47 bands and performers.  Might want to start with Beatles and Dylan and PF and so on, expand your list a tad.  The Titans are there whether you recognize them or not.  Shite or not. 


Not sure you could describe The Beatles as, 'current,' though.
They're like Phillip Glass but with more reverb.

They're like getting a root canal, but in slow motion.
If there were a heaven, I'd imagine it would sound much like this.
 tm wrote:

Ég elska þetta virkilega



I suppose it should not be surprising that Icelandic is so different from Norwegian.

Totally agree with the comment BTW! 
Ég elska þetta virkilega
I truly love this. 
 scoots_mcgoo wrote:

Spectacular ditty. One of three current groups they'll be listening to in 50 years. Others: Radiohead & Wilco. Possibly Los Lobos. & PJ Harvey. Everything else is shite.



Los Lobos? PJ Harvey?  Oh dear.
 scoots_mcgoo wrote:

Spectacular ditty. One of three current groups they'll be listening to in 50 years. Others: Radiohead & Wilco. Possibly Los Lobos. & PJ Harvey. Everything else is shite.



Yeah, OK, just THREE current groups.  Got it.   Love your eclecticism and exclusivity.  
imo, perhaps you forgot about 47 bands and performers.  Might want to start with Beatles and Dylan and PF and so on, expand your list a tad.  The Titans are there whether you recognize them or not.  Shite or not. 
 scoots_mcgoo wrote:

Spectacular ditty. One of three current groups they'll be listening to in 50 years. Others: Radiohead & Wilco. Possibly Los Lobos. & PJ Harvey. Everything else is shite.



Pink Floyd music is now 50 years old...still being played.  I think they will last another 50 years.
Sigue Ros sounds like they make Zelda elf music for the 21st century
Journey to the Centre of the Earth, via a mountain in Iceland
Spectacular ditty. One of three current groups they'll be listening to in 50 years. Others: Radiohead & Wilco. Possibly Los Lobos. & PJ Harvey. Everything else is shite.
brings Bobycaygeon by Tragically Hip to mind
Anyone remember that Far Side cartoon where the Devil is listening to New Age music and some dude sent to hell is trapped in an eternal sound booth, forced to listen to it, his face pressed against the glass? For me, this music would be a close second. 
No, it wasn't 'Five Years' - my 'spot the intro' skills failed me, having been lead astray deliberately, methinks, by Bill putting this after Space Oddity
Does not do it for me.
unique and joyful, imo. 
 the_jake wrote:

This is an old picture of the twins.  They are less appealing now.  
Were they ever appealing?

 kingart wrote:
Merlin Olsen and Elizabeth Olsen 
 
Merlin!  Big wooly footballer and TV star.

Lizzie!  

What about Mary-Kate and Ashley?
this starts off sounding a bit like a synth version of Pictures of You by the Cure
What a grat Group.. Refreshing with new ideas 
Merlin Olsen and Elizabeth Olsen 
Interesting.
This one sounds better and better with subsequent listens.  
This band is very no good
Pearly Dew Drops Drop?
And they called Michael Jackson a freak...

SR is supper annoying, to say the least.
 {#Cheers}1wolfy wrote:
These guys are great when taken in proper doses

 

I never hear this band anywhere but when I play them on my home system.  This is a nice surprise, my friend may be correct about a place for new music without working so hard to find it... will see, bu so far good.
 bttcld66 wrote:
Minchia che palle!!!

Translation: what a fuck. extremely boring, have enlarged my balls.

 
Google pronounces it as "mink-a kay paulie".

Must fit this into conversation with my Italian relatives... {#Cheesygrin}
I'm no sigur ros fan, but please don't ever say they are similar to that dreadful trendo-hipster band called arcade fire.
I was going to post a funny picture of the Olsen twins but I see that's already been addressed.  :)
this is beautiful!
 the_jake wrote:

This is an old picture of the twins.  They are less appealing now.  

 
They still can't leave behind the duck-face pout that earned them countless millions ...
ode to joy
 bttcld66 wrote:
Minchia che palle!!!

Translation: what a fuck. extremely boring, have enlarged my balls.

 

Truly, you have squeezed a lot of expression and imagery into the elucidation of a mere 5 or 6 foreign syllables. We here at RP are grateful, and perhaps envious. 
 (former member) wrote:
They just get less appealing
and this song gets a little bit more.

 
This is an old picture of the twins.  They are less appealing now.  
Saw them live and, IIRC, this was the soundtrack to a video they showed of some young boys playing in a soccer match. Slow mo, artful. Finally, at the end - a GOAL! They go crazy!
The parents jump and cheer! The players jump and cheer! Boys hug and roll on the ground! And the one who scored is hugged by his teammate and they roll and hug and then...kiss. Make out on the field.
Cut to the crowd, and the parents, and the looks on their faces.
Everyone loves Susan Olsen.....




 easmann wrote:
''This song is Hopelandic, it has no lyrics'' {#Cheesygrin}

 
And yet it still finishes with "la la la" did they run out of imaginary words?
me likey
The Icelandic My Morning Jacket..........
Not unlikable but I doubt I'll be humming it any time soon...
Anything with an Alien Fetus Conducting has got to be good .. :)
7 —-> 9
Very very good. I feel like I'm in Heaven. Thank you Ferdinand from Austria
I don't ever comment on the artist's looks, but there's something in Sigur Ros' singer that gives me shivers... He looks creepy. Not because of his eyes, but his vile smile and his squeaky voice. :-/
Minchia che palle!!!

Translation: what a fuck. extremely boring, have enlarged my balls.
 kingart wrote:
This is the Scandanavian (Icelandic?) version of Arcade Fire. I'd prefer an off-key, off-beat and off-shore squad of different tongue musicians to the relentless pedestrian thump thumpin of AF's hipster static.
 
I don't really see any similarity between the two. In fact, I'm not sure Sigur Ros is quite like any other band. They're unique in their strangeness. I quite enjoy them (once in a while). As for Arcade Fire, I think we're on the same page.  ; )
This is the Scandanavian (Icelandic?) version of Arcade Fire. I'd prefer an off-key, off-beat and off-shore squad of different tongue musicians to the relentless pedestrian thump thumpin of AF's hipster static. 
Music from a different world....  Thank you so much for your great Radio Station. Greetings from Austria. Ferdinand 
 
Thank you so much for playing such great music! it has really lifted my day {#Bananasplit}
Some Yes, yes? Nice! {#Sunny}
The flute and violins are perfectly matching here!
{#Boohoo}
 
Pure bliss. Best live performances I've ever seen!
 Ferx wrote:
11, for sure.

They set the mood for the first minutes and the ending is just epic, ffs... 

I saw them live, absolutely fantastic!! {#Drummer}

 
I'm envious. I bought their online video Heima and have watched it many times. Gorgeous scenery and music.
https://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/heima/

Heima 
Starting at a 7. A nice, transporting, evocative tune. I have not been too inspired by the little else I've heard of Sigur so there is hope for me. 
 cbfitty wrote:
Sting Ray ..stop trolling and go back to your Grateful Dead album. You have no clue.......

 
At least the rant was in a sensible font size this time.

PS love Sigur Ros. Live, they are mesmerising.
11, for sure.

They set the mood for the first minutes and the ending is just epic, ffs... 

I saw them live, absolutely fantastic!! {#Drummer}

9 -> 10. So funny to read the comments of haters scared of something fresh and original... Yes, now you can compare and learn that Wilco, Florence, National, Alt-J and all that favourite staff of yours are not so phenomenal  {#Nyah}


Sting Ray ..stop trolling and go back to your Grateful Dead album. You have no clue.......
Wow. There's quite a lot of Sigur Rós hate here.

We know: there are a million true SICKOS out there. The majority of them must be Sigur Ros fans. A really gave them a chance. I listened to each song of 4 albums. I did not find a SINGLE (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) song that did not pain the hell out of me.
Ridiculous this terrible supersweet violin-coating over each and any song. No rythm, hardly any melody and this sickening "language".
The whole SR-thing is a hoax. It can't be nothing else. How old might their fans (fans?? really??) be? Twelve? Just eight? Liking lullabies? Or are they even adults? Grannies maybe? I just can't figure it out.
I read about them, downloaded their albums and was terrified. I deleted all! Then I read again, wondered if I had been ignorant and loaded the same albums again and gave them a real chance another time. Same thing: I could hardly stand a single song. This pussy-attitude. This whining. This childish melancholy. Please point out a single, just ONE (!) single song of quality and I take anything said back and download that song a third time for good!

Really angry,
Hoppipolla - tttzzzzzzzz....!!!!!
Stingray
These guys are great when taken in proper doses
 DrLex wrote:

It's worse, it looks like a low-resolution scan with moiré-effects which was then heavily compressed and upscaled. I don't think there's an "upload album art" option on this site however...
 

That is so on my list of things to add around here.  In the meantime I found a much better image.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Jeezus, that cover photo is so severely destroyed by compression artifacts that it is approaching abstract art by way of white noise.
Someone ul a better alternative, like the one on wikipedia.
 
It's worse, it looks like a low-resolution scan with moiré-effects which was then heavily compressed and upscaled. I don't think there's an "upload album art" option on this site however...
Dunno how I'd react to this at another time, but at the moment it's perfectly suited to my mood.
Rated this a 5 the first time I heard it, but suddenly in this evening's set it's sounding more like a 7 or 8. Context is SO important... :^)

Ah, that is such an amazing piece of music!
All of the Sigur Ros I've heard on RP has been pure aural Mogadon. In my blow-smoking days I'd have loved this stuff, laid out on a bean bag with a trumpet spliff in hand and a can of Red Stripe in reach, as the music's so laid-back it's comatose. When straight, though,  it's the very definition of Ho-Hum. If only I could retire and start smoking again... :*)


You know, I thought the exact same thing. Olsen2 ? I suspect they have no idea who the Olsen Twins are (at least, I'd hope they've not contaminated Iceland) but you never know.  Nothing personal against the poor kids, I just think they represent the culture of empty fame more than anyone else in the country now... even Paris.

 ScopArch wrote:
Mary-Kate and Ashley?
 


Jeezus, that cover photo is so severely destroyed by compression artifacts that it is approaching abstract art by way of white noise.
Someone ul a better alternative, like the one on wikipedia.
Mary-Kate and Ashley?

Ahhh.... as soon as I heard the first strains of reverb-soaked vocals, I ran (virtually) to the playlist to confirm, and a fervent "YESSSS....." slid from my lips. Loving this band even more than I already did since seeing "Heima" this past weekend...   {#Meditate}   {#Music}




A little Polyphonic Spree -esque. Not like that's a bad thing...
Very good to hear something so "not so" common on RP
Edit: Second listen...loving this now.

MrStatenIsle wrote:
Holy "My Morning Jacket" Batman
Except Sigur Ros had the hardcore-reverb, uninterpretable high-pitched.. style.. about 8 years before "Z" was came out.
feels like meething god or some saint with this music
Them fellers do the Hopelandic reeel purdy!
Great background music - oh! Is this my floor? Excuse me, getting off...
Ending cacophony courtesy of the Mayberry Volunteer Marching Band.
Holy "My Morning Jacket" Batman
Good after-dinner after-Jefferson Starship tune. Interesting music.
Rafter101 wrote:
After discovering Sigur Ros on RP, I bought this CD. AWESOME! EXCELLENT! Definitely worth buying.
definately!
After about 10 minutes of this tune I remember why I gave it such a low rating.
Once in while these guys come up with a good tune --- like this one! 7.
Um...is this song about Mary-Kate and Ashley...? (Get it?! The Olsen twins?! Aaaahhh, nevermind.)
BLAH!BLAH!BLAH!BLAH!BLAH!BLAH!
Wow this has a great build! It's impossible to tell where it will end up when it starts. This is great.
tomville wrote:
great transition from jefferson starship!!
I thought so as well...
One helluva good album. After their tour with Radiohead, SR became much more popular.
great transition from jefferson starship!!
After discovering Sigur Ros on RP, I bought this CD. AWESOME! EXCELLENT! Definitely worth buying.
Excellent!
Hey, this is cool, bouncy music. Great on a Friday.
I keep thinking this is My Morning Jacket....
kerr wrote:
I know I'm going to be flamed horribly for this but... it should be they're not there, and it should be honestly not honistly, and it should be don't not dont.
Yor rite, but we unnerstood eniwhey. Bee pashunt.
why isn't Staralfur from this cd in rp? especially with all the attention to songs from the life aquatic
"Space Rock" at its finest... Load up some of this when I do a long run to zone out
I'm less than enthusiastic
Sometimes mellow is a good thing. I love it.
djinnthespazz wrote:
...snooze coma...
Well, that mild cacaphony of horns at the end does wake one up a bit...
...snooze coma...
pope183 wrote:
holy mercy - there's enough reverb in there for 2 or 3 My Morning Jacket songs ... i do like it