Song of the day: SIGUR RÓS – Dánarfregnir Og Jarðarfarir (2000)

Sometimes Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals can get a bit much, and Sigur Rós can also overdo the ethereal schtick. This tune is neither ethereal nor vocal. “Dánarfregnir Og Jarðarfarir” (death announcements and funerals) is an instrumental track and a cover of a piece that is used by Icelandic public radio to precede, well, the death and funeral announcements . The tune is one of the most muscular and concise things that the band have ever recorded. It has especial resonance, though, for anyone who has seen the film Englar Alheimsins directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. The movie is about a schizophrenic young Icelander and his mental deterioration that is initially triggered by his rejection by the girl that he loves. His descent into madness is uncomfortable viewing, and yet the film has some incredibly funny moments. Without giving the plot away, the Sigur Rós tune fittingly soundtracks the climax of the film. For me, the track and the movie are inexorably linked. I can’t listen to “Dánarfregnir Og Jarðarfarir” without it triggering images from the film. Englar Alheimsins is a movie I would recommend to anyone. It’s a shame that it got very limited distribution in the UK at the time of its release. It doesn’t appear to be available on DVD either which is nothing short of criminal.

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One response to “Song of the day: SIGUR RÓS – Dánarfregnir Og Jarðarfarir (2000)

  1. “Sometimes Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals can get a bit much, and Sigur Rós can also overdo the ethereal schtick.”

    ARE.YOU.FREAKING.KIDDING.ME.
    >.<

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