Single Review: Sigur Ros – Ekki múkk

By on Friday, 30th March 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Iceland’s resident love-them-or-hate-them band Sigur Ros have announced their sixth studio album to be released on the 28th of May. ‘Valteri’ will be their first album since their well received ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ in 2008. To accompany the announcement, Sigur Ros have released the lead single from the record, ‘Ekki múkk’. It’s a 7-minute long track that’s distinctly recognisable as Sigur Ros, despite being a million miles away from the brash pop of ‘Takk’.

The first thing to be noticed when listening to ‘Ekki Múkk’ definitely has to be the crackle of vinyl throughout that accompanies the soft piano and serene vocals. It’s almost sounding like the score to a trendy alternative film whose soundtrack you appreciate more than the work itself.

The single is a peaceful listen, one that Sigur Ros veterans will feel comfortable listening to. However, I don’t expect it to be the track to convert non-listeners into fans; it doesn’t stand out as a defining song of the Icelandic band. Hopefully the rest of the album will be able to change this and attract new listeners.

7/10

Sigur Ros’s new album ‘Valteri’ will be released on 28 May on EMI / XL.

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