Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla

17 Jun

Today I have a very unique post that will feature a very cool band and a trance remake of the same song. Sigur Rós is an Icelantic band that is like none other you’ve seen/heard. Their music is hard to describe, but it’s a minimal rock with lots of different uses of instruments and epic build ups that make each song a masterpiece to listen to. Jonsi, the lead singer who has now gone onto a solo career, uses a bow with his guitar. The drummer and other band members use various household items for some of their sound in their songs – such as a plastic suitcase for a drum beat.

The song I will be featuring here is taken from their Takk… album. In Icelantic, “Hoppípolla” means “jumping in puddles”. This is a very happy song about how you can still have fun and hop in puddles, even if you are of older age. Another unique part about this band, shown in this song, is they have their own Icelantic language they use in their music. Not many people know what it means because it’s unique to the  band itself. One more cool thing about this song, is they de-tune their piano to play it…so if you try and play it on a tuned piano, it sounds off-tune but almost the same. The cool thing is they pull this off and it still sounds wonderful as it is. Anyway, enjoy this wonderful song with one of my favorite piano melodies!

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla

And here I have the trance remake of Hoppípolla by Chicane. He named it “Poppíholla” since it has that more poppy, dance sound to it. The breakdown in this song is so amazing, having the beautiful piano melody from Sigur Rós.

Enjoy! Let me know what you think of these two tunes!

Chicane – Poppíholla

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