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Fat Cat in the UK bring the charming and dreamy shoe gaze o'licious Sigur Ros into more homes with the release of these two EPs.
While the Icelandic band havereleased a few long players in their native homeland, they haven't hada terrible amount of exposure elsewhere. Included on these two discsare both unreleased and preveiously released material. The first,'Sven-g-Englar' tops 35 minutes in 4 wonderfully morphing and meldingtracks. The instrumentation is a simple guitar, percussion, bass, withorgans and delays. The music is slow and aches of an almost goth-likeinfluence coupled with the beauty of droning guitars and prettyIcelandic vocals. The singer's pitch is so high that it sounds like agirl singing, but I've never seen any women in the band.
The second EP, 'Ny Batteri' continues almost as if the two could be acomplete album. Once again, four tracks of dark and powerful tunes sungin Icelandic with a simple yet effective arrangement. I think I want tostart using the term "Goth by association," for those who end up lumpedin with the goth scene (see: Peter Murphy review) who aren't that goth- compared to something dark and ominous like this who'll be picked upmore by the indie rock dreampop fans. Sigur Ros's music isn't aterribly far stretch from some of the more introspective, dark andpretty albums that get released on various labels known for theiradvertisements in Propaganda Magazine. Nobody in the band dressesentirely in black, wears cob-web-like gloves nor black eyeliner yet Ican picture fans of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud or Dead CanDance taking a liking to this stuff.