Label
fatcatrecords
Release date
29 Oct 2002
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
71:30

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Untitled I 6:37 9,965
2 Untitled II 7:32 9,094
3 Untitled III 6:31 9,436
4 Untitled IV 7:31 9,223
5 Untitled V 9:54 8,600
6 Untitled VI 8:46 8,158
7 Untitled VII 12:57 7,593
8 Untitled VIII 11:42 8,166

About this album

It doesn’t have any other official name than ( ), so the name of this album can be pronounced in several ways. The members of Sigur Rós usually refer to it in Icelandic as “Svigaplatan” (“The Bracket Album”). In the credits of the movie “Heima” it is referred to as “The Untitled Album”. Fans have referred to it as “Parentheses” or “Brackets”.

This album’s vocals are recorded in “Vonlenska” (“Hopelandic”), which consists of meaningless syllables and resembles scat singing. The “language” is named after Von, the first song that featured it. Most of the syllable-strings sung by vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson are repeated many times throughout each song, and often throughout the whole album.

All tracks are officially untitled; the other names are the working titles the band members use to refer to the tracks.

Untitled #1 (a.k.a. “Vaka”) “Vaka” is the name of Orri’s daughter.
Untitled #2 (a.k.a. “Fyrsta”) “Fyrsta” means “The First” or the “First Song”.
Untitled #3 (a.k.a. “Samskeyti”) “Samskeyti” means “Attachment”.
Untitled #4 (a.k.a. “Njósnavélin”) “Njósnavélin” means “The Spy Machine” but is known as “The Nothing Song”.
Untitled #5 (a.k.a. “Álafoss”) “Álafoss” is the location of the band’s studio.
Untitled #6 (a.k.a. “E-Bow”) Georg uses an e-bow on his bass in this song.
Untitled #7 (a.k.a. “Dauðalagið”) “Dauðalagið” means “The Death Song”.
Untitled #8 (a.k.a. “Popplagið”) “Popplagið” means “The Pop Song”

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  • clearskies

    I could never see Sigur Ros writing and recording this without Kjartan.

    9 Mar 12:02am Reply
  • clearskies

    lol @nyhounet you're joking, right? Listen to chart music for depressive music!

    9 Mar 12:00am Reply
  • RespectableChap

    Y'all should call this 'sausages'

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • GabeSparhawk

    'This is the best Sigur Rós album by far, and one of the best albums of all time. This is *the* post-rock album. Every song on this album is remarkable. Every second of it is oozing with either beauty, suspense, or some form of marvel, and sometimes all of these at once' [2]

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ShySquirrel

    I think it's my favourite

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nyphounet

    Most depressive album ever

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TehSamurai

    After listening to this album 15+ times, I can firmly say that every song sounds the same and I honestly don't understand the appeal.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Dif90

    Best album ever. My life, my feelings. In 71.30 minutes.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Hopelandic on excess, still a great album. 9/10

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • cmon_chemicals

    i love falling asleep while listening to sigur ros <3

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bequeathed

    Their best.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jmnixon95

    percussion dominates the last parts of this album... holy shit

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Peth3r

    DO NOT ARGUE, JUST LISTEN

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Exeio

    () > kveikur?

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    no I can't handle this

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • darkgnome

    Ágætis Byrjun is ok, this is much better.

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Harry_01

    Both, ( ) and Ágætis Byrjun are masterpieces. There I said it.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • RIPELIVEJAM

    i don't know about FAR superior (AB has their best song in good weather for airstrikes) but it's definitely their most accomplished/consistent/mood-setting

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • xbry89x

    It took me a long time to realize this, but after looking back on all the music I have listened to over the years, this is probably the one album I have come back to the most and it has never disappointed. If I had to pick an all time favorite album, it's probably ( ).

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
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