I always come back to ( ) by Sigur Ros. In many ways, the made-up language of Hopelandic, based in phonetic sound and longing, is the only language that makes any human sense. With the score to the new Cameron Crowe film and the ability to listen to every album for free on spotify, it’s going to be a Sigur Ros crush kind of winter.
From the Sigur Ros Website:
hopelandic (vonlenska in icelandic) is the ‘invented language’ in which jónsi sings before lyrics are written to the vocals. it’s of course not an actual language by definition (no vocabulary, grammar, etc.), it’s rather a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music and acts as another instrument. jónsi likens it with what singers sometimes do when they’ve decided on the melody but haven’t written the lyrics yet.
ps. i hope they get paid by spotify. I still haven’t figured out how that works for the artist. they are a band worth paying for and mystical in their live shows.
–j. hope stein