Well here we are; I made good on my promise to take a very long time in getting anything posted. In the (unlikely) event that you visited during the extended absence, you may have noticed that there is a difference in the motif and title of this blog. It is now quite minimal, and provides a space for one of my favorite words: warbling.
I have some plans for posts, mainly on books I’ve been reading and albums I’ve heard recently. If you didn’t know, I had a music review project that I neglected: One by One Archive. I intend to continue that project here, expanding it to a general discussion of whatever media I’ve recently consumed and found interesting. For instance:
Sigur Rós – Inni
Inni is the soon-to-be-released live record from Iceland’s Sigur Rós. I’ve pre-ordered the blu-ray/cd combo box and am eagerly anticipating its arrival, but a certain friend dropped me this leaked version and I couldn’t help myself. I’ve been listening to it repeatedly while working on getting this blog up and running, and I find myself at a loss trying to describe the impact their music has on me. Sigur Rós is a post-rock group, but I feel that placing them in a category of any kind does them something of an injustice. Their music is a living thing with raw emotion and a discernable breath. Tonight I frequently found myself swept away by the powerful crescendos (a reminder of why I stopped listening to them at the office,) cutting of my desire to do anything but close my eyes and listen to the music.
This live recording (of a show/shows in London) beautifully captures how captivating the live Sigur Rós experience can be. I have been fortunate enough to see them live once, and I hold that it was one of the greatest (if not the greatest) live music experiences I have ever had. I was moved in a way I never could have expected from a concert. Rumor has it that the band plans to begin touring anew in 2012 to promote a new album. If this is true, I encourage everyone reading this to do everything in their power to see them.
I’d like to call out the songs I find particularly powerful on this recording, but I can’t give any descriptions of my feelings on the tracks beyond the ever-too-weak “wow.”
Listen to these ones with special care, please:
- Með blóðnasir
- Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
Funny that I should have listened to something that put me at a loss for words while I worked on getting my blog set up, but there you have it. This album easily earns itself 10/10 or 5 stars or whichever metric seems appropriate. It is truly fantastic. I sincerely hope you listen to it.