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9 of the best – sounds of noughties

It would seem that 2004 was peak noughties (to these ears…):

The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

 The Strokes – Modern Age (2001)

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (2002)

Broken Social Scene – Stars And Sons (2003)

The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (2004)

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla (2005)

 Midlake – Bandits (2006)

Beirut – Nantes (2007)

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Honourable mentions also go to: Lambchop for ‘Up With The People’ (2000); Outkast for ‘Ms. Jackson’ (2000); Ian Brown for ‘F. E. A. R.’ (2001); The Shins for ‘New Slang‘ (2002); Kings Of Leon for ‘Red Morning Light‘ (2003); Radiohead for ‘A Wolf At The Door’ (2003); Mew for ‘Comforting Sounds’ (2003); Kasabian for ‘Club Foot’ (2004); Danger Mouse for his remix of ‘Public Service Announcement’ (2004); The Good, the Bad and the Queen for ‘Herculean’ (2006); The Hold Steady for ‘The Chillout Tent‘ (2006); The Strokes for ‘You Only Live Once’ (2006); and Jay Electronica for ‘Exhibit C’ (2009).

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The Besnard Lakes – Chicago Train (2010)

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Someone once said that listening to The Besnard Lakes is like listening to Supertramp singing Sigur Rós numbers. ‘Chicago Train’ is the third track off their 2010 album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night. You make your mind up. Have a great week.

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Sigur Rós – Starálfur (1999)

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Ágætis Byrjun was the breakthrough album by our favourite Icelandic prog rocksters Sigur Rós. It was released in 1999 and critical acclaim ensued. Electronic, dreamy, ambient and instrumentally artistic, ‘Starálfur’ was one its many standout moments. It made everyone want to go Beyond The Wall and stare at the geysers.

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Sigur Rós – Vaka (Untitled 1) (2002)

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A pretentious start to the week – the untitled third track off the untitled third album by the Nordic progsters Sigur Rós. Enjoy. Have a good week.

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Kaleo – All The Pretty Girls (2015)

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The Icelandic band Kaleo would seem to be much more likely than a British songwriter to meet a North Atlantic humpback. But then this lot have made the unlikely move to Austin, Texas – no whales there. Like their fellow countryman Ásgeir, Jökull Júlíusson and pals predictably tap into the northerly sounds of Sigur Rós‪ and Bon Iver with their atmospheric falsetto vocals. But at around the 90-second mark, their sound takes a turn that is more Americana than the likes of Justin Vernon, which makes the Mosfellsbaer-Austin journey a little more comprehensible. By the way, humpbacks all sing the same tune.

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Múm – Green Grass Of Tunnel (2002)

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By 2002, it had become apparent that Sigur Rós were not the only Icelandic band making ethereal music. Like their compatriots, Múm’s sound is also seemingly shaped by the landscape of their home isle. Experimental, melodic, electronic and unconventional – it all culminates in a fragile treat. ‘Green Grass Of Tunnel’ provides a soothing start to the week.

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Sigur Rós – Gong (2005)

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An interlude. I came to Sigur Rós late through their first release for a major label, Takk. And while the long player is more famous for some of its instantly recognisable singles (i.e. ‘Hoppipolla’, Glósóli, Sæglópur), it is ‘Gong’ that I choose for its strings, Jonsi’s indecipherable Hopelandic lyrics and a blended Radiohead-Keane complexity. A sheer wonder, much like the album, from whence cometh this masterpiece.

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Sigur Rós‪ – Hoppípolla (2005)

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In early summer 2006, I was on holiday in Dorset. In the middle of the holiday, I made the day trip to Cardiff to watch my boyhood team lose the FA Cup Final on penalties after a 3-3 draw. Just to punish myself further, when I got back to base that evening, I watched the highlights incredulously.  BBC played ‘Hoppípolla’ (Icelandic for ‘Jumping into puddles’) during the end credits. It was so apt. I was late to the Sigur Rós bandwagon. Have they ever been better than this?

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