Monday, November 17, 2008

Lyrics with infinite meaning (Hopelandic)

In 2002, the band Sigur Ros, with their highly anticipated album "( )" - yes, the album title is *parentheses* - was released. Upon release, all tracks on the album were untitled, though the band later published song names on their website. All of the lyrics on ( ) are sung in Vonlenska, also known as Hopelandic, a constructed language of nonsense syllables which resembles the phonology of the Icelandic language. It has also been said that the listener is supposed to interpret their own meanings of the lyrics, which can then be written in the blank pages in the album booklet.

Here, the line between voice and instrument is blurred almost completely. Listen to the "lyrics" in the song below.

Song 1 from the album.


Ben said...

The Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance are two other groups whose music makes use of glossolalia. I have examples of their music if anyone is interested, though I'm sure the YouTubes can provide.

Jorgen said...

I'll check on youtube. I'm definitely interested.

Scott Abbott said...

So infinite meaning means just what? Absolute openness is the equivalent of nothingness? Remember Alex's "This is not it"?

Jorgen said...

Yeah, I suppose I didn't mean infinite meaning. But open to interpretation.

I like the idea that there is no "answer" to what is being said in the songs, and the question is left up to you.