Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Ros, Angels of the Universe

John Schaefer

By John Schaefer

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Angels of the Universe

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Ros

Here's stunning music for an Icelandic film which is apparently a sort of Scandinavian One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I haven't seen the film, but I'd be first in line if it came to my local theater simply on the basis of Hilmarsson's score. Hilmarsson uses synthesizers and real strings to create some of the most lyrical and, yes, saddest music on disc. And when he's done, his Icelandic friends take over, with post-rock heroes Sigur Ros contributing two of their minor-key anthems — just to make sure there's nothing left of you but a blubbering pile of goo by record's end.