Of the many amazing performances that came together for Sigur Rós’s Norður og Niður festival last Christmas in Reykjavík, one of the best and least predictable was the standout contribution of the local hand-bell choir, Bjöllukór Tónlistarskóli Reykjanesbæjar, with their enchanting renditions of some of Sigur Rós’s most famous melodies. There was more to the performances than mere novelty: Bjöllukór Tónlistarskóli Reykjanesbæjar seemed to effortlessly embody and even enhance the magic and beauty of the originals, albeit through tremendous skill, hard work, and uncanny coordination.
Krunk are happy to announce that Bjöllukór Tónlistarskóli Reykjanesbæjar have recorded their finest Sigur Rós covers and present them as Klukk – Sigur Rós in Bells. “Klukk” is Icelandic onomatopoeia for the sound a bell makes when struck. It is also used when tagging someone in the children’s game “It”; or can describe a raven’s call when rain’s on the way; as well as being the cluck of a chicken (“klukke” in Danish). Lastly there is an appropriately ‘jingly’ connotation that the word evokes, probably because of the similarity to “klukka” (clock).
The artwork for Klukk – Sigur Rós in Bells was designed by Jonsí’s sister Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, and features a visual representation of the sonic wave-form of a bell viewed through old camera lens. The arrangements for Klukk – Sigur Rós in Bells were prepared by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson, who played sousaphone with Sigur Rós as a member of Brassgat í Bala, the band’s touring brass section, on both the Takk and Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust tours. Bjöllukór Tónlistarskóli Reykjanesbæjar were conducted by Karen J Sturlaugsson, and the record was recorded by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson and Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson.
released November 30, 2018
Conducted by Karen J. Sturlaugsson
Arranged and mixed by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson
Recorded and mixed by Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson
Recorded at Berg, Hljómahöll
Mastered by Taylor Deupree (12k mastering)
Artwork by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Performed by Bjöllukór Tónlistarskóli Reykjanesbæjar:
Rangheiður Eir Magnúsdóttir
Arnar Freyr Valsson
Sandra Rún Jónsdóttir
Þórarna Salóme Brynjólfsdóttir
Sebastian Hubert Klukowski
Margrét Vala Kjartansdóttir
Ástþór Sindri Baldursson
Arnar Geir Halldórsson
Sigurvin Þór Sveinsson
Bergur Daði Ágústsson*
*Hoppípolla only **Sæglópur only
All songs written by Sigur Rós - Birgisson, Dyrason, Holm, Sveinsson.
Except Starálfur written by Birgisson, Gunnarsson, Holm, Sveinsson
Published by Universal Music Publishing.
supported by 33 fans who also own “KLUKK: Sigur Rós in Bells”
The third volume in Sigur Ros' ongoing playlist is a stunningly beautiful and powerfully emotional collection of melodic ambient from the band themselves, and I'm truly impressed.
There's always been an ambient quality to Sigur Ros' work, and this release finds that quality highlighted and fully explored.
Highly recommended. rikm
supported by 32 fans who also own “KLUKK: Sigur Rós in Bells”
I'm loving the Liminal releases so far, both volumes have been lovingly curated and are both inspired and inspiring in their beauty.
Eagerly looking forward to hearing more volumes in the months to come... rikm