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“Viðrar vel til loftárása,” by Sigur Rós (MUM Day 7)

“Viðrar vel til loftárása,” Sigur Rós, from Ágætis Byrjun, 1999.

Facts! This song is ten minutes long (probably why I never listened to it). Also, the singer is a dude. Apparently the thing that is not a pedal steel is a guitar played with a cello bow, which is cool. And “The band named the song after a quote sarcastically spoken by an Icelandic weatherman during the war in Kosovo: ‘í dag viðrar vel til loftárása’ (meaning ‘today is good weather for an airstrike’).[1]” And — there is an eth (aka voiced dental fricative, aka ð)! I like eths.

The video is somehow shorter than the album track though still 7 minutes long, and apparently was very controversial. I can’t tell if that’s anything to do with the lyrics though, because I do not speak Icelandic, unfortunately. Maybe I’ll learn.

Anyway I like this song. It’s got cool weirdness and difficult-to-identify instruments (the aforementioned guitar with cello bow) and then at the end some “Day In The Life”-esque dissonance. It’s added to the (thankfully) ever-growing list of non-Boards of Canada things I can listen to next time I read Infinite Jest, as well as probably to my “I’m working, leave me alone” headphones playlist.

Verdict: I’ll keep it, for sure. I just wish I knew what he was saying.

Current play count: 5.
Current Smart Playlist length: 2543. Why does it jump around? I don’t understand.

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