Awesome acoustic performance from the Icelandic quartet Sigur Rós. For the uninitiated, the lyrics are almost always in their own unique language called Volenska
(sometimes referred to as 'Hopelandic
'), which is based on Viking poetry. Here is an interview with the band that describes the etymology
The video version, recorded for BBC's The Culture Show, was recorded at their home studio Sundlaugin
in Alafoss, Iceland. The same version, with no vocal overdubs from the show host, is available below as the 2nd download of the day. The studio was originally a public pool next to a stream. The band had a studio building constructed over the pool, and the room you see in the video is what at one time was a swimming pool.
This song appears on the album ( )
(sometimes called "Brackets") and was also featured in the film Vanilla Sky
. Njósnavélin is also called 'The Nothing Song' and loosely translates to 'The Spy Machine'. On the album, it is simply 'Untitled #4
' or 'Track 4'. You can download the album version directly from the band here: right-click to save
. Sigur Rós - Njósnavélin (acoustic)
(MP3, no overdubs like in the video).