Wednesday, May 10
Sigur Ros - Live In Chicago
I'm being studious today, so I haven't had much time to recap the experience I had yesterday of going to Chicago and seeing Sigur Ros. That given, I'd have to say that Sigur Ros' live show deserves all the hype it gets, and although it probably wasn't my personal favorite, I can see how for many people it could be. First, I should say that this was the perfect venue for a Sigur Ros concert. Their sound echoed throughout the entire opera hall producing a completely uncomparible auditory experience.
The band started off their set behind a transparent screen and shadows of themselves were projected on by various lights on the stage. They started very strongly with uplifiting performances of glósóli, sæglópur, and untitled 4 (njósnavélin). About halfway through the show the band performed another spectacular trio of songs that - hoppípolla, olsen olsen, and viðrar vel til loftárása. Viðrar contained an interesting moment where the band paused for nearly a minute. The audience was dead silent for probably a good 40 seconds which is a spectacular thing to hear in the midst of the noise.
To end the concert Sigur Ros, performed perhaps the best encore I have yet to witness. First they played Untitled 7 (dauðalagið) which ended with with Jonsi soloing on vocals. The effect was absolutely spine-tingling. After that the band played Untitled 8 (popplagið) and they absolutely ripped through the song. Everyone was playing their instruments furiously, but the drumming was especially fantastic. The band brought down the screen again for a second time as the song continued to climax to the end, with strobe lights giving the audience a complete feast for the eyes and ears.
I should have a photo album of my pictures up soon (iWeb is acting up). In the meantime, check out the new Muse single at Good Weather For Airstrikes. Derek suggests that the song sounds like a dance remix of Time Is Running Out, which is pretty accurate.
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