I love this cover version of the song Hoppipolla, originally by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros. This version, by Berkeley, CA band We Are Scientists, is more cleanly arranged than the original version, with crisp acoustic guitar replacing the atmospheric echo of the synthesizer. The vocals are also cleaner and more intelligible than the original recording, or at least as intelligible as they can get in the fictional ‘Hopelandic’ language of Sigur Ros lore. Foreign as they may be, these lyrics are simple and translate beautifully as poetry.  Beautiful version of a gorgeous song.


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