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Sigur Rós með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

If Iceland’s cinematropic collective Sigur Rós were filmmakers, you’d file them between Terrence Malick and François Truffaut. Because on this, the group’s fifth album, translated as “with a buzz in our ears, we play endlessly,” Sigur Rós gravitates between oblique commentaries and a disarmingly near-field realism. Sigur Rós uses half of this new full-length to explore being naturalist auteurs beyond a common axis, capturing more direct address and jumpier cuts. The other, more macroscopic material–including a long pan featuring a 100-piece choir/orchestra–maintains a standard of epic scenes that act as ciphers, saturating listeners with ambiguous emotion.

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