Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

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Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Studio album by Sigur Rós
Released 20 June 2008 (2008-06-20)
Recorded January–April 2008 at Sundlaugin, Abbey Road Studios and Langholtskirkja[1]
Genre Dream pop, indie rock, art rock, post-rock, folk rock
Length 55:36
Label EMI, XL Recordings
Producer Sigur Rós and Flood
Sigur Rós chronology
Hvarf/Heim
(2007)
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
(2008)
Valtari
(2012)
Singles from Við spilum endalaust
  1. "Gobbledigook"
    Released: 27 May 2008 (2008-05-27)
  2. "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur"
    Released: 7 September 2008 (2008-09-07)
  3. "Við spilum endalaust"
    Released: 9 November 2008 (2008-11-09)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (81/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V Club (A)[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[5]
The Observer 5/5 stars[6]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[7]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[8]
The Independent 3/5 stars[9]
Hot Press 4/5 stars[10]
Now Magazine 4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]

Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (Icelandic: [mɛð ˈsʏːð i ˈeiːrʏm vɪð ˈspɪːlʏm ˈɛntaløyst], METH SOOTH EE AY-room VITH SPEE-loom END-ə-loost, With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly[13]) is the fifth full-length studio album by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, released on June 23, 2008.[14]

All the lyrics for the album were originally intended to be in English, but in the end the band decided that Icelandic felt more natural to them. Some lyrics were translated back into Icelandic, while some songs got completely new texts.[15] It is the band's first album to feature a track sung in English ("All Alright"). The first track on the album, "Gobbledigook", premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 music show in the UK on May 27, 2008. "Festival" was premiered on Colin Murray's Radio 1 show on June 3, 2008. "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" was used as the theme tune for Colin Murray's Gold Run, which aired on BBC Radio 5 Live during the run-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In general, the music continues Sigur Rós' departure from their generally ethereal and minimalist music, being (as the title and cover suggest) more playful and fanciful than their early work, featuring more traditional guitar melodies, acoustic instrumentation, and folk-oriented compositions following in the vein of their later albums.

The album was available for pre-order from June 3 on the band's official media site, and on June 5, the band performed "Gobbledigook", "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur ", "Festival", "Fljótavík", "Við spilum endalaust" and "All Alright" live in Guadalajara, Mexico. On June 8, the full album streamed early on the Sigur Rós dót widget.[16][17] On June 19, pre-ordered albums began arriving in the mail.

The album's cover features a photograph by Ryan McGinley.[18] Originally the album artwork was going to be done by Olafur Eliasson; it would have been the first time the band had passed album artwork to an external artist.[19] In the end they did not like the proposed design and created the cover art themselves using the photograph.[20]

The song "All Alright" played a central role in Neil Jordan's 2009 film Ondine[21] whilst "Festival" featured in the 2010 Danny Boyle film 127 Hours.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gobbledigook" (English term for a speech that sounds like language but forms no meaning) 3:08
2. "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" ("Within me a lunatic sings") 4:05
3. "Góðan daginn" ("Good morning") 5:15
4. "Við spilum endalaust" ("We play endlessly") 3:33
5. "Festival"   9:24
6. "Með suð í eyrum" ("With a buzz in our ears") 4:56
7. "Ára bátur" ("Row boat") 8:57
8. "Illgresi" ("Weeds") 4:13
9. "Fljótavík" ([the name of a wide bay in Hornstrandir, Iceland]) 3:49
10. "Straumnes" ([the name of a tidal headland near Fljótavík]) 2:01
11. "All Alright"   6:21

Personnel[edit]

Strings: Amiina (on tracks 2,3,4,5,8 and 9, recorded in Kjartan Sveinsson's livingroom and Langholtskirkja)

  • Hildur Ársælsdóttir
  • Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir
  • Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
  • Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir

Brass (on tracks 2, 4 and 11) performed by:

  • E. Friðfinnsson
  • Helgi Hrafn Jónsson
  • I.G. Erlendsson
  • K. Håkonarson
  • Samúel Jón Samúelsson
  • S. Sigurðarson
  • S.J. Bernharðsson

Tambourine, claps and other noises by Siggi Frendi, Höddi Gunni, John Best, Sunray and Breeze.

"Ára bátur" recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Sinfonietta and the choristers of the London Oratory School Schola. Directed by D. Bjarnason, engineered by Andy Dudman.

Photography by Ryan McGinley.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008)[23] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 4
Dutch Albums Chart 21
Finnish Albums Chart 7
German Albums Chart 26
Iceland Albums Chart 1
Irish Albums Chart 4
Japanese Albums Chart 22
Italian Albums Chart 13
Norwegian Albums Chart 7
Polish Albums Chart[24] 43
Swedish Albums Chart 29
Swiss Albums Chart 8
U.S. Billboard 200 15
UK Albums Chart 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic
  3. ^ Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust at AllMusic
  4. ^ Sigur Rós: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust | Music | Music Review | The A.V. Club
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Pierre, DBC (July 18, 2008). "The first 10: Sigur Ros, Med sud í eyrum vid spilum endalaust,". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ The Boston Globe review
  8. ^ The Phoenix review
  9. ^ The Independent review
  10. ^ Hot Press review
  11. ^ Now review
  12. ^ Rolling Stone review
  13. ^ "sigur rós - lyrics". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  14. ^ "New Album Details". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  15. ^ "Kobra - del 11". Kobra. Sveriges Television. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  16. ^ "sigur rós - discography » með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  17. ^ "sigur rós official website — stream new album". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  18. ^ "sigur rós - discography » með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  19. ^ "sigur rós - feature articles". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  20. ^ "Sigur Rós: Why we're mesmerised by the hypnotic Icelandic band". independent.co.uk (London: The Independent). January 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  21. ^ "Sigur Rós' 'All Alright' Plays Central Role In Neil Jordan's 'Ondine'". 18 September 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "‘127 Hours’ Soundtrack Features Sigur Ros, Dido, Bill Withers & More". blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  23. ^ "Sigur Rós - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  24. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 23.06.2008 - 29.06.2008". OLiS. 

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