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As their recent appearance on the cover of The Wire attests, Sigur Rós have made shoegazing acceptable for chin-strokers. But they're hardly PowerBook-packin' performer types. Agætis Byrjunis steep(l)ed in cathedral-sized grandeur, choral crescendos, stratospheric production, and seismic sonic booms—Jón even transmits his drones via violin bow, though he claims he's never seen The Song Remains the Same—but it's all executed in a tastefully languid manner that would make even the most baked Spiritualized fans peer down upon their Converse All-Stars and wink in approval without disrupting the buzz.

Clinic demonstrate how to disappear incompletely.
photo: Corinne Day
Clinic demonstrate how to disappear incompletely.

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Many have attributed Sigur's everything-floes sensation to their homeland's abundance of the cold hard stuff. But if anything, this music is all about melting: be it your heart, your cynical streak, or—if you crank the awesome symphonic-screech freak-out on the 11-minute "Vior vel tl Loftarasa" really loudly on the Blaupunkt—the frost on your windshield. Plus, THOM YORKE THINKS THEY'RE REALLY COOL!

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