May 4, 2010

Jónsi Concert

Scott took me to the Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) concert last night. The theatrical set blended with the music to create a completely hypnotic experience. When the music stopped at the end of the night, I felt like I was awoken from a trance.

It's really out there stuff — very ethereal. I find it soothing and inspiring to work to. Most of this album is in English, but it sounds like Icelandic to me, really.

We sat on some stadium bleachers in the back so that we could take in the whole experience, which was a good move (and I'd recommend it), but I would also love to have the opportunity to go again and stand right in the front. Maybe when the next album comes out.

You can read more about the set design here (by Fifty Nine Productions). It worked so well with the music, in fact, that I find it kind of amazing that they weren't all created at the same time. It even seems like the motion graphics could have inspired the music. This video will give you an idea of what the concert was like:

Jónsi — Sinking Friendships (live) from Jónsi on Vimeo.

And you can listen to the whole album, Go, right here:

And lastly, there's also an interesting interview with Jónsi (pronounced "YAWN-see") on NPR's All Songs Considered right here:

So hey — who's ready for a trip to Iceland?


1minus1 said...

Awesome. I will wait to go to Iceland until a little longer after this volcano stuff blows over. But yes.

Brian Sowards said...

me! i love the mega icelandic bands that have come out - so friggin imaginative. just want to road trip to all the music scenes there and collaborate like crazy. thanks for introducing me to Jonsi!