Saturday was Record Store Day, which, unless you’re one of the die-hard vinyl-heads who flocks to record stores for new releases, means today is a flood of new, never-before-heard tracks streaming online. Sigur Ros released the RSD-exclusive 10″ “ekki múkk” with “Kvistur” as the B-side.
More of a sound-scape than an actual song, “Kvistur” is instrumental, noticeably absent Jonsi’s signature falsetto vocals that make Sigur Ros sound like Sigur Ros. For what it is it’s beautiful, though. There are no drums, or guitar for that matter, just a five-minute piece of strings simultaneously grinding down and floating off into the ether. It recalls Gavin Bryars’ “The Sinking of the Titanic” in that way, which seems appropriate given the release roughly coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of that event. (Not to mention the release of “Titanic 3D,” hello!) Take a listen below.