☴ Friðþægingin ☴
If you’ve ever longed for the combination of Sigur Ros and Radiohead combined – listen no further than the Árstíðir track, “Friðþægingin.” Not even kidding – with the elements of pop/jazz notwithstanding, the strings, drums, bass combination of “Friðþægingin” sound like the ( ) album from Sigur Ros meets OK Computer from Radiohead. It’s a dark, quick melody with a bright & beautiful chorus that shows real diversity within Árstíðir; the vocals have been standout throughout the album, and so have the strings really…the drums become a true champion in this particular song as it plays through.
The song has so many layers of instruments we find it difficult to name them all. An explosion of sound, coming together into one powerful melody, changing at every turn. Somehow it makes me feel like the language we’re listening to is not Icelandic, but something else, a language we don’t fully know, but understand bits and pieces of, leaving us on the edge of grasping the meaning, but unable to put it into words.
Regardless of comparison, these combinations put together by Árstíðir borrow elements, but the band retains their style, their sound throughout. The focus on beauty, on the craft of music and exceptional composition simply radiate from their songs…just unbelievable instincts at every second and every moment.
RIYL: Sigur Ros x Radiohead