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Old 07-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #21
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Re: Sigur Rós is Ambient?

You could even call them Prog Rock.... as they are very unique and their music is definitely breaking barriers and stereotype rules of music.
I personally would not call Sigur Ros ambient though....

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Old 07-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #22
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Their first album "von" is nothing but a dark soundscape
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:54 PM   #23
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Re: Sigur Rós is Ambient?

well as the adorable old black lady on the front porch rocking chair would say 'Baby, you can call Sigur Ros whatever you want.'
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Re: Sigur Rós is Ambient?

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Well they have some songs that are post-genre ambinoise,
and some songs that are pre-ambicore moon-gaze.
I once heard an early track that had elements of post-anti-jazz-power-scandi-slowcore.
So yeah... Labels aren't so important.
Are these real categories, or did you just make it up?

I'm so unsure of categories these days? When I upload a new album onto CDBaby, listing the category is more difficult them writing and producing the album!!! My music it not hardcore "ambient" but it's more ambient then anything else.

I've not heard any Sigur Ross stuff but from the quick search I did it seems they are quite famous. That's gota be good for a relatively obscure style like ambient. I'm happy to call em ambient if it brings new listeners to the style.
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I've not heard any Sigur Ross stuff but from the quick search I did it seems they are quite famous. That's gota be good for a relatively obscure style like ambient. I'm happy to call em ambient if it brings new listeners to the style.
Sigur Ros is normally categorized as "post rock".

As with all genres, the difference is fuzzy, but to me there is significant difference. Post rock is usually pop / rock first with some *influence* of non-rock genres in the textures used. Sigur Ros, like many other "post rock" bands, definitely are ambient influenced, however, they still utilize rock / pop hooks and structures quite frequently.

While music classified as "ambient" can be melodic as well, ambient music tends to be a lot more abstract at its core, with quite a bit of the genre as simply pure texture music with no melodic element or structure at all in many cases. The more an ambient piece moves away from structure, melody or rhythm, the more "niche" it becomes. ("Ambient music" can sometimes be popular to be honest if it has a touch of any of the above.)

"Post rock" also isn't necessarily ambient, you have bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor! in that category who aren't terribly ambient influenced at all.

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Old 09-12-2013, 11:00 PM   #26
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Re: Sigur Rós is Ambient?

I can relate with what you are saying. I totally identify with your language, terminology and communication style. Thanks!
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:14 AM   #27
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I've always thought of most post rock as "ambient Rock" because that's what I called it when I was 16 (30 now.)
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Re: Sigur Rós is Ambient?

For me, Valtari is a pure ambient record.
Same thing for Von, Ba ba Ti ki Di do, and Saeglopur EP.

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