At the moment I’m listening to Sigur Rós and looking through the photos of Amsterdam based photographer, Misha de Ridder. The two go together rather well as Misha’s photos are beautifully quiet and eerie. As far as I can see he only shoots landscapes, but he’s has a great eye for it, catching wonderful instances of color and light. I’d suggest putting on Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust and having a browse for yourself.
Started roughly 5 years ago, Jónsi Birgisson, lead singer of Sigur Rós, and his boyfriend, Alex Sommers, created Riceboy Sleeps, a name that they took when the two collaborate together. The name actually came from Alex’s diet of rice, and one night when Jónsi was writing a song as Alex slept, the name Riceboy Sleeps popped into his head. Since then Alex has been creating the art for most of Sigur Rós’ albums, and they’ve continued working together musically on and off.
You might remember they had a song on the Dark Was The Night compilation, which at the time I didn’t even realize was them. The video above gives a taste of the songs on the album, as well as some insight into how the songs were created. I’ve listened to the album several times now and it’s pretty haunting and mellow, but definitely good music to listen to late at night while working. The album comes out July 20th, and I highly recommend it.
Chinese Translation by M. Ward
A Higher Power by Jens Lekman
Well I’m pretty sure all of my music is going to be recorded correctly for a while, considering I’ll only be listening to music in one place, haha… Last Week in Music was pretty accurate though. At number one again is M. Ward, simply because I loved everything he did for the movie The Go-Getters so I’m trying to relive that feeling. After that is Sigur RÃ³s and their new album MeÃ° SuÃ° Ã Eyrum ViÃ° Spilum Endalaust (which coincidentally I’m listening to as I write this). I’m loving this new album a lot, it seems a lot happier then all of their previous albums.
Then at number three is Jens Lekman, who Iisten to obsessively, every album, all the time. It’s kind of funny that there was only one song different between the number three and two spot, and three songs between the number two and one spot. At four is Ratatat, who’s new album LP3 is also a slice of amazing. I was playing Nintendo over the weekend and listening to them and they sounded so good together. At number five is Belle and Sebastian, followed by Vetiver and DeVotchKa, who both have amazing new albums as well. Finishing up the list is French Kicks, the Norwegian crooner Sondre Lerche, and The Accidental.
Holy crap. Out of nowhere Sigur Ros just released this new single and video for a song called Gobbledigook, an Animal Collective-esque song that makes me really frigging excited for their new album, MeÃ° suÃ° i eyrum viÃ° spilum endalaust (With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly). Yeah, seriously, that’s what it’s called.
But what really takes the cake is how awesome the music video is! It was directed by Arni & Kinski, and inspired by Ryan McGinley who I guess also collaborated on the video. To me that sounds like they asked him if they could shoot in his style so he wouldn’t sue them and he said yes, haha… Anyhow, the video, in classic McGinley fashion, features a bunch of hot, young things running around naked in the woods. It’s not shot quite like a McGinley photo, but I think the essence is there at the very least. I think combined with the song it’s particularly amazing, definitely pretty fun and out there.
If you’re at work, you probably shouldn’t watch it, as there are boobs and weens ALL OVER the place in this video, so that’s you’re warning. But I highly suggest sneaking behind your bosses and co-workers back and watching it, it’s damn beautiful and the song is way fun. I mean, it’s artsy nudes, they’re not having sex, so whatevs.
In about 30 minutes I’ll be driving up north with my best friend to visit family and friends for the weekend, so I wanted to leave everyone something to keep them occupied over the weekend. So I stayed up way too late last night working on another mix that I’ve had floating around forever. It’s called Deep Blue Sea, and that’s pretty much what it’s got on it, songs about the sea. The inspiration for this album was hearing Anchor Song by Björk, and then listening to the new Shins album which is very ocean-y itself. What sparked the idea to finish the Mixtape was hearing Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles, that was like the last piece of the puzzle.
I hope you all like the mix, it’s pretty simple and should be good for the rainy day weather that California is supposed to have this weekend, the same weather I’m sure a lot of you out there are having as well.
01 Anchor Song by Björk
02 Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles
03 A Sea Chantey of Sorts by Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s
04 The Sailor by The Album Leaf
05 Tereza and Thomas by Bright Eyes
06 Salwater by Beach House
07 Black Wave by The Shins
08 Sæglópur by Sigur Ros
09 Deep Blue Sea by Dan Rossen
10 Anchor by Devendra Banhart