Sunday, September 18, 2005

Inspired by Sigur Ros

'Eighteen seconds before sunrise'...(18 sekúndur fyrir sólarupprás)

Enter Iceland's Sigur Ros, whose elemental compositions could find few more apt settings than an 18th-century courtyard beneath a perfect summer's night sky. Half the spectators sit cross-legged, gazing at the intersecting vapour trails above, or letting the music paint pictures on their mental canvases.
Unless their mental canvases are in desperate need of restoration, it's unlikely that those pictures involve four shy, skinny men in T-shirts.

Sigur Ros's nondescript appearance is possibly a deliberate move by a band obsessed with letting the music speak for itself. To this end, the projections flanking the stage are indistinct: two blurred figures dancing, a child running in a heat haze. The lyrics are unfathomable, performed in an invented language called Hopelandish and delivered by singer Jonsi Birgisson in a spine-tingling, androgynous wail that's more alien than human (small wonder that Thom Yorke and Chris Martin are such ardent admirers). Even when they are pretentious - the title of their last album was just an empty pair of parentheses - it is in a uniquely egoless way.
Played at home, Sigur Ros's subtle, intricate arrangements can too easily fade into the background; here they demand, and repay, the listener's attention. Their songs ebb and flow with exquisite precision. At times, they have a mournful, weightless ambience, like music for an astronaut's funeral; at others, they build to a perfect storm of psychedelic noise. Some of the new songs, constructed around a string quartet, are so beautiful they snatch the air from your lungs.
During one spellbinding track, the walls glow pink and orange with the sunset, the projection screens blaze with stars of light, and an awed hush envelops the whole crowd.


At 10:40 PM, Blogger Rebecca_emma said...

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At 10:45 PM, Blogger Rebecca_emma said...


Sigur Ros is awesome. This is kinda lame...but if you like Sigur Ros and music like it, and you are up on a Thursday morning doing uni assignments from 4-7...

Listen to a show I do on 95bfm. We regularly play Sigur Ros, it is incredible at that time of morning especially.

Here is a playlist of lastweeks show. I would suggest skipping the first show on the page, as the songs that week are not consistant with what we normally play.
Scroll down until you find the Saturday stand in we did "Gigantor" to see the Sigur Ros track we played.,2029,

Wow. I just sold out, didn't I?

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Rebecca_emma said...

Ok. I can't figure how to add the web page.

Basically, after the,2029, it should say (without spaces)


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