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 10,243
2 Untitled II 7:32 9,315
3 Untitled III 6:31 9,716
4 Untitled IV 7:31 9,458
5 Untitled V 9:54 8,797
6 Untitled VI 8:46 8,344
7 Untitled VII 12:57 7,768
8 Untitled VIII 11:42 8,360

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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  • necro_daemon

    this album kills me D:

    3 Apr 9:05am Reply
  • malonemuert

    Too bad that after great 4 tracks next ones are disappointing, and only the last track picks up the greatness - and how it picks up! The best Sigur track is the 8th untitled one. Though said - Ágætis >>> this, where each track is a masterpiece.

    2 Mar 4:58pm Reply
  • songtitlepun

    album doesn't scrobble when listening over iTunes. It's good tho

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Prognoz_

    After the 10th-ish time listening to this, I realized how fucking surreal this album is. Every song paints you a different surreal picture. The dark songs are goddamn abstract and definitely deserve more credit

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jeleffto

    absolute pinnacle of human expression <3

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Y-xllWllx-Y

    No! It's Kim Carlson from lifelover ()!

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • KarmaPolice95

    I know this is shameless self-promotion, but if you guys enjoy this album like I have for years, you might like my own self-released album. It's a collection of ambient tracks, but it's hugely inspired by Sigur Rós, Riceboy Sleeps, Brian Eno, etc. so if you're into any of those fine names you might like this!! You can find it at bestghosts.bandcamp.com

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AcidBlotter1

    IMO () is their best work. Such a depressingly beautiful work of art.

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • clearskies

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

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • clearskies

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

    9 Mar 2014 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
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