Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Von tease


PRE-post rock superstardom, back in 1997 Icelandic outfit Sigur Ros crafted Von, their debut album.
At the time the LP didn't make many waves - and Monday's reissue of the rarity is unlikely to see this album thrust up there with masterpieces like Ágætis byrjun, Takk and Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.
Because Von is more ambience than normal album, and listening to it merely gives you an appreciation of the epic, string-soaked Sigur Ros that was born when keyboard player Kjartan Sveinsson joined shortly after the release of this album.
In fact the first two tracks are no more than a combined 15 minutes of noise - and only just noise at that.
The effect is like listening to Sigur Ros playing but you're sat in their dressing room, or hearing them on the wind a mile down the road as the play a festival slot - it's not quite where you Von to be.

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