Best Albums Of 2012 – #25: Sigur Rós – Valtari

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Sigur Rós are true masters of sound; for 15 years they’ve released album after album of pure sonic perfection. Valtari is their most tranquil record to date, showcasing the carefully crafted ambient compositions that brought them into the limelight with 2002′s critically acclaimed (). Valtari is an exploration of human emotion, beauty, and intimacy. Combined with their “Mystery Film Experiment,” it has quickly become 2012′s multimedia tour-de-force.

Valtari is one of the year’s best post-rock albums, though unlike many of their noisier peers, Sigur Rós prefer mostly quiet, meticulously structured ambient compositions to the drone and noise that have recently dominated the genre. The album is a masterpiece of somber, contemplative sound, channeling human emotion, beauty, and intimacy.

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