Witchy & Weird Playlist: Sigur Rós

In this section, we at Moon-Birds will regularly offer recommendations from our own witchy, weird, wild, and wicked playlists. Feast your ears on this, and get magickal. 


I’ve been listening to the Icelandic avant-garde music gods Sigur Rós since the late nineties. They feel like an integral part of the soundtrack of my teen and college years, and my love for them has yet to fade. Sometimes I think I could identify Jónsi’s falsetto from a 0.5 second snippet.

I have definitely made the interesting choice of listening to their many albums on repeat whilst on long road trips, driving across the vast plains of the Dakotas, or Alberta. On more than one occasion. The smooth, spooky tunes may have contributed to that particular variety of sleepy road trance, and were probably not my smartest decision.

It is quite literally impossible for me to pick a few favorite songs. So I’ll leave you with three that are inspiring me right now: “Glósóli” will definitely transport you through a faerie ring; “Hoppípolla” is probably one of their most recognizable songs, and it pulls at my heartstrings every time (with or without the music video, though the video is impossibly sweet); and then for something completely different, the cool, coy mystery film experiment that is “Varúo“.

Finally, ff you love Sigur Rós as I do, check out liminal, which I was tempted to call a Sigur Rós curated “mixtape,” until I saw on the site that the band explicitly describes it as more than a mixtape they curated. So I’ll let the boys in the band tell you what it is in their own words: liminal is “an eco-system” that “identifies the connections and blurs the boundaries between work done and work to come; between new music and ideas barely yet born; between songs written 20 years ago and collaborations to be made tomorrow.  in bringing together these collaborations and commissions – for choreographers, visual artists and new technologies – with solo work and remixes, film score and generative music, as well as friends in the wider sigur rós ‘family’, liminal aims to take the listener to a place neither here nor there, a “liminal” space.”

I would describe it as “YAAASSSSSSSSSS.”


Wickedly Yours,

Baba Yaga

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