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Odins Raven Magic

    Composed in the 14th or 15th century Odin’s Raven Magic is an Icelandic poem in the ancient Edda tradition (Edda - a term that describes two Icelandic manuscripts of which together are the main sources of Norse mythology and Skáldic poetry) its anonymous author clearly had an intimate knowledge of the Edda literature and mythology which alludes to a number of pagan motifs which are now lost. The poem recounts a great banquet held by the gods in Valhalla while they were absorbed in their feasting, ominous signs appeared that could foretell the end of the worlds of the gods and men.

    The album 'Odin’s Raven Magic' is an orchestral collaboration between Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir which premiered 18 years ago at the Barbican Centre, London and is now finally - almost two decades later - being released. The performance honours the poem, dramatic and beautiful, classical with a modern strike. A stone marimba was built especially for the performance by Páll Guðmundsson.


    Sigur Ros

    Takk - Vinyl Reissue

      Critically acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós reissue Takk… on their own label Krunk. Their award winning highly lauded 4th studio album features the singles and fan favourites Glósóli, Hoppípolla and Sæglópur. Pressed on 2 x 12” and including a single sided etched 10” this beautifully packaged record is composed of a debossed gatefold sleeve with a single die cut page that holds the 10”. Takk… has been out of print for over a decade in the UK and is sold out world-wide. The record went Platinum in the UK and gold in the US.

      Takk… - Sigur Rós’s fourth album and the one where they finally got happy, albeit in their own inimitable and deeply inscrutable, north Atlantic way. This is the record that gave the world ‘Hoppípolla’, a song which cemented Sigur Rós’s reputation for being the go-to band for anyone wanting a sense of wonderful possibility in their film/TV show. The record also harboured moments of definitive Sigur Rós drama in singles Glósóli and Sæglópur, and high beauty in Sé Lest and Svo Hljótt.

      Takk…. - which means “thank you” in the band’s native Icelandic - quickly became the band’s biggest selling album around the world, fuelled by Hoppípolla’s usage in the BBC’s Planet Earth nature series. Sung in a mixture of Icelandic and the wordless Hopelandic, Takk… was recorded by the band with producer Ken Thomas in 2005 at their Sundlaugin studio in the Icelandic countryside. The vinyl record comes packaged on 2 x 12-inch, plus 1 x one-sided etched 10-inch single. The album artwork is the original debossed and die-cut sleeve, with printed inner bags, all done to the band’s exacting specifications and pressed on heavy weight vinyl.


      Jónsi

      Shiver

        Shiver is the exciting and beautiful second record from LA-based Icelandic musician Jónsi. Recorded in Berlin, Reykjavik, London and Suomenlinna and available exclusively on heavy weight vinyl for the indies.

        Not too long ago Jónsi was traveling through London, where he met up with iconoclastic producer A.G. Cook, who he admired for his boundary-breaking work with the PC music collective. He had no expectation for the meeting, but the more they talked, the more he realized they might be perfect collaborators. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Jónsi says. “I get tired of everything really easily. I always want things to be fun and exciting and fresh, and doing another album...I just wanted to have a different approach.”

        Jónsi had made a career on sweeping music that plumbed the depths of the human experience and our connection to the natural world. Cook’s production exists at the opposite end of the spectrum: synthetic, sometimes abrasive, and often on the cutting edge of experimentalism. On paper, their collaboration is surprising, but Shiver is a beautiful record that pushes Jónsi’s otherworldly voice into startling new territories.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: As frontman of Sigur Rós, Jonsi has been responsible for some of my favourite moments in music of the last 20 years. While things have definitely changed for his solo material (aside from 'Riceboy Sleeps' with partner Alex Somers, which was a very gorgeous ambient affair), this retains the slo-mo ambient aesthetic we've come to know him for, but imbued with some of the more upbeat moments from his previous outing, 'Go'.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xIndies Exclusive LP Info: 2 x vinyl LP.
        Heavyweight 180gm black vinyl indie exclusive.
        Gatefold sleeve with spot varnish.
        Limited to 500 copies for the UK.

        2xLtd LP Info: 2 x vinyl LP.
        Standard weight 140gm black vinyl indie exclusive.
        Gatefold sleeve with spot varnish.

        Jónsi

        Go - Red Vinyl Reissue

          Sigur Rós front man Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson released his debut album ‘Go’ in 2010. Jónsi initially though he would be making a low-key, acoustic album until, as he says, "somewhere along the line, it just sort of exploded." that explosion resulted in sheer aural fireworks, not a straight ahead pop record, nor rock, folk, ambient or electronic, it encompasses all of these to create an expansive musical palette that’s been brought to life by Jónsi alongside a number of free-spirited collaborators including the Philip Glass protégé Nico Muhly and the percussive genius of Samuli Kosminen.

          Met with great critical acclaim Go is out of print and will be repressed on exclusive transparent red vinyl and released on Sigur Rós own record label, Krunk.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Exclusive transparent red vinyl.

          Sigur Rós

          ( ) - Vinyl Reissue

            ( ) - Sigur Rós’s celebrated third album, and for many people - especially in US where it remains their biggest selling work - the most quintessentially “Sigur Rós” record of their career to date. It is the only album where Jónsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. A desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music, extends to the eight songs, all of which are nameless. The music is broadly divided into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album being lighter and more optimistic, and the second half bleaker and more melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of Untitled #8, the closing song of every Sigur Rós show since the song was written in 2000.

            ( ) was recorded at the band’s own studio Sundlaugin, in Mosfellsbær outside Reykjavik, in 2002, co-produced by the band with Ken Thomas, who also helmed their break through second album, Agætis Byrjun. Completely out of print, the vinyl album now comes in its full Grammy-nominated artwork, including die-cut sleeve and spot UV varnish inner bags. 


            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLtd LP Info: 2 x vinyl double LP.
            2 x printed inner sleeves.

            Alex Somers

            Honey Boy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

              Honey Boy OST by Alex Somers. Beautiful and transcendent soundtrack to accompany the Shia LaBeouf written and Alma Har'el directed Honey Boy.



              Frakkur

              2000 - 2004

                Frakkur was the artist name Jónsi used for his experiments in electronic music. Working on his own, either at home in Reykjavík, in hotel rooms on tour with Sigur Rós, or later at his boyfriend’s house in Boston, Jónsi spent endless hours diving into then-new bits of kit and programming, having fun and seeing how far he could push things.

                The legacy is three collections of work totalling 25 tracks collated into one triple album - each made a year or so apart, under slightly different circumstances and with different equipment.

                The oldest, 2000-2001, was made on Jónsi’s first PC laptop, named The Tank for its unwieldy size. The second, 2002-2003, was made in his small flat in the middle of Reykjavík, where he set up his first home studio in a cupboard, so that it could be packed away at night. The final part of the Frakkur trilogy, 2003-2004, was made in Cambridge, Mass. in breaks of Sigur Rós touring. His partner, Alex Somers, had by then introduced Jónsi to the programme Logic, and this he coupled with a Yamaha VSS-30 toy keyboard to sample his voice in what he describes as a spontaneous and exciting process.


                Sigur Rós

                22° Lunar Halo - Reissue

                  Music from throughout Sigur Rós’s career, twisted, bent, broken, and finally added to in the band’s Rey-kjavík studio, to create a new perspective for a dance piece of the same title initiated and created by Taiwanese choreographer CHENG Tsung-Lung. Musical director Kjartan Holm.

                  Originally released on Record Store Day, 22° Lunar Halo returns with new artwork, reversed in colour and printed in special ink

                  Sigur Rós

                  Variations On Darkness - Reissue

                    A score of high Nordic drama drawing on unreleased Sigur Rós material and multi-tracks from the band’s catalogue. Premiered at Norđur Og Niđur Festival, to soundtrack performances from the Icelandic Dance Company. Arranged by Valdimar Johansson, choreographed by Erna Ómarsdóttir. Originally released on Record Store Day, Variations on Darkness returns with new artwork, reversed in colour and printed in special ink. 

                    Sigur Rós

                    Ágætis Byrjun - A Good Beginning (20th Anniversary Edition)

                      In 1999 the band released Ágætis Byrjun (‘A Good Start’), Q magazine deemed Ágætis Byrjun ‘the last great record of the 20th century’. By the end of the year, it had won the inaugural US Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music.

                      This year celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Ágætis Byr-jun, and the band expand their breakthrough album with demo and archive versions of songs from the album, plus never-before-heard newly unearthed material from the time, rare b-sides and the full 95 minute concert played in Reykjavík on the day the record was released.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      says: I mean, we all obviously know the original is one of the greatest albums of all time, but who would have thought that there could be this many amazing extra tracks and live material that could make an already stunning package even better. Their live show is indescribable, but this should give you a decent idea of what it's like. Essential purchase.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      4xCD Box Set Info: 4 CD discs containing original album, live album and rarities with a soft back book:
                      CD1: Original Album - as released June 12th 1999
                      CD2: Live at Íslenska Óperan (includes previously unreleased tracks)
                      CD3: Live at Íslenska Óperan & Rarities (Live at Íslenska Óperan plus 3 previously unheard and unreleased tracks).
                      CD4: Rarities

                      Georg Holm And Orri Páll Dýrason From Sigur Ros

                      CIRCE

                        Original Soundtrack to a BBC documentary film called „The Show of Shows” (to be screened by BBC next year)

                        Two-thirds of Sigur Rós, bass player Georg Holm and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason, have teamed up with Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Sigur Rós touring guitarist, and Georg’s brother, Kjartan Holm to create an uninterrupted 72-minute instrumental album inspired by 100 years of archive footage of vaudeville, circuses and carnivals.

                        A pulsating work throughout, the 14 track album, which has been made to accompany the forthcoming BBC documentary film The Show of Shows, was written and recorded at Sigur Rós’s new studio space in Reykjavik, and features contributions from the celebrated South Iceland Chamber Choir. 

                        Sigur Ros

                        Inni

                          Sigur Rós will self-release their ambitious new live album and film ‘Inni’ on 7th November. It will be released on the band’s own Krunk imprint in all territories around the world except American and Japan where it will be released on XL and Hostess respectively. ‘Inni’ could be described as either the first-ever Sigur Rós live album, or second live film (the follow up to 2007’s acclaimed Iceland tour film ‘Heima’). In fact, it’s both: a 75-minute film and 105-minute double live album of the band captured in full flow at the close of their last tour in November 2008, here housed in one single package.

                          Filmed at London’s Alexandra Palace over two nights by director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s ‘Miroir Noir’), the film ‘Inni’ would best be described as the anti-‘Heima’. Whereas that film took a band about whom the world knew little, and placed them in the cultural, social and geographical context of their homeland (with winning and humanising results), ‘Inni’ strips away everything save the raw performance of the four musicians themselves. Where ‘Heima’ was widescreen and open, ‘Inni’ is close and single focussed.

                          This is intentional. For a while ‘Heima’ was successful at “explaining” Sigur Rós, it was less so at communicating what it actually feels like to “watch’ Sigur Rós perform. That is the job of ‘Inni’. In order to accomplish this goal, Morisset has taken his time and employed a number of different analogue post-production techniques to create an emotional understanding of being inside the room and going ‘inside’ the music. (‘Inni’ literally means ‘inside’).

                          Unlike many concerts, watching Sigur Rós is seldom a communal experience; it is instead almost claustrophobically inward looking and intense. By almost entirely removing the crowd and any sense of place, Morisset brings you closer than ever to the players, using multiple camera angles to reveal in sometimes minute close up the concentration and effort involved in delivering such a powerful rock show.

                          Originally filmed on HD digital, ‘Inni’ was first transferred to 16mm film and then projected and re-filmed, again on 16mm, sometimes through glass and other objects to give a strong impressionistic look, a feat accomplished with the help of Godspeed You Black Emperor’s live visual collaborator Karl Lemieux. The film was then meticulously pieced together by ‘Heima’ editor Nick Fenton, who chose to break up the flow with unexplained archive footage, including interview and concert material from before the band’s exposure to the wider world at the tail end of the last century. It’s worth mentioning also that the film has only one song in common with ’Heima’ (the closing ‘Popplagid’) and that it draws for the most part on the darker end of the band’s material. The double live album by contrast, covers the entire Sigur Rós spectrum over its hour-and-three-quarters duration, played in the same order as on the night. Mixed by Sigur Rós house engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, ‘Inni’ the album stands as the definitive Sigur Rós live recording to stand against the welter of bootlegs available across the web.

                          The performance captures the band playing as a stripped down four-piece for the first time since they were joined by string section Amiina at the start of the decade. This boiling down makes ‘Inni’ a forceful and primal proposition, much at odds with the popular misconception of the band as purveyors of emotional heft for film-makers and television programmers in need.

                          The album features 15 tracks, with songs taken from all five of their studio albums. There is also the bonus of an unreleased studio track in the form of ‘Luppalagid’, which is used both over the credits of the film and as the ultimate track on the album

                          Sigur Ros

                          Inni - Bluray Edition

                            Sigur Rós will self-release their ambitious new live album and film ‘Inni’ on 7th November. It will be released on the band’s own Krunk imprint in all territories around the world except American and Japan where it will be released on XL and Hostess respectively. ‘Inni’ could be described as either the first-ever Sigur Rós live album, or second live film (the follow up to 2007’s acclaimed Iceland tour film ‘Heima’). In fact, it’s both: a 75-minute film and 105-minute double live album of the band captured in full flow at the close of their last tour in November 2008, here housed in one single package.

                            Filmed at London’s Alexandra Palace over two nights by director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s ‘Miroir Noir’), the film ‘Inni’ would best be described as the anti-‘Heima’. Whereas that film took a band about whom the world knew little, and placed them in the cultural, social and geographical context of their homeland (with winning and humanising results), ‘Inni’ strips away everything save the raw performance of the four musicians themselves. Where ‘Heima’ was widescreen and open, ‘Inni’ is close and single focussed.

                            This is intentional. For a while ‘Heima’ was successful at “explaining” Sigur Rós, it was less so at communicating what it actually feels like to “watch’ Sigur Rós perform. That is the job of ‘Inni’. In order to accomplish this goal, Morisset has taken his time and employed a number of different analogue post-production techniques to create an emotional understanding of being inside the room and going ‘inside’ the music. (‘Inni’ literally means ‘inside’).

                            Unlike many concerts, watching Sigur Rós is seldom a communal experience; it is instead almost claustrophobically inward looking and intense. By almost entirely removing the crowd and any sense of place, Morisset brings you closer than ever to the players, using multiple camera angles to reveal in sometimes minute close up the concentration and effort involved in delivering such a powerful rock show.

                            Originally filmed on HD digital, ‘Inni’ was first transferred to 16mm film and then projected and re-filmed, again on 16mm, sometimes through glass and other objects to give a strong impressionistic look, a feat accomplished with the help of Godspeed You Black Emperor’s live visual collaborator Karl Lemieux. The film was then meticulously pieced together by ‘Heima’ editor Nick Fenton, who chose to break up the flow with unexplained archive footage, including interview and concert material from before the band’s exposure to the wider world at the tail end of the last century. It’s worth mentioning also that the film has only one song in common with ’Heima’ (the closing ‘Popplagid’) and that it draws for the most part on the darker end of the band’s material. The double live album by contrast, covers the entire Sigur Rós spectrum over its hour-and-three-quarters duration, played in the same order as on the night. Mixed by Sigur Rós house engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, ‘Inni’ the album stands as the definitive Sigur Rós live recording to stand against the welter of bootlegs available across the web.

                            The performance captures the band playing as a stripped down four-piece for the first time since they were joined by string section Amiina at the start of the decade. This boiling down makes ‘Inni’ a forceful and primal proposition, much at odds with the popular misconception of the band as purveyors of emotional heft for film-makers and television programmers in need.

                            The album features 15 tracks, with songs taken from all five of their studio albums. There is also the bonus of an unreleased studio track in the form of ‘Luppalagid’, which is used both over the credits of the film and as the ultimate track on the album.


                            Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Ros

                            Angels Of The Universe OST

                              "Angels of the Universe" is a film from Iceland's most celebrated director, Fredrik Thor Fridriksson. At the time of this CD's original release, over half the population of Iceland had been to see the movie, helping it to become one of the country's most successful films ever. The soundtrack has been composed by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, with Sigur Rós contributing two lengthy pieces, which feature towards the film's climax. "Bium Bium Bambaló" and "Dánarfregnir Og Jardarfarir" have previously only been available on the Sigur Rós EP, "Ny Batterí", on Fatcat Records.


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