So first off, serious thanks to Alex Lepinski for this find. Alex and I were rehearsing a tune for the open mic on Jeju when we got side-tracked (surprised) and she played some of this awesome (literally, awe-some, as in…awe-inspiring) album for me.
Jónsi is the lead singer of a beautifully explorative band known as Sigur Rós (pronunciation here!), which, if you don’t know already, then there’s another new music suggestion for you. They’re an Icelandic, atmospheric-rock band (I made that up, but that’s what I think) with really powerful and intentional compositions that create a really liberating listening experience. Sigur Rós has a number of studio albums out. All of them are great, really but my favourite is probably ( ), released in 2002, (yes, just parentheses). Favourite tracks are Untitled 4 and Untitled 8 (both from ( ).
Now, back to Jónsi. This album is a short, start-to-finish work of beauty and genius. I don’t really want to say much about it, because I feel like it’s better to explore it on your own, if you choose. It kind of feels like an art-project recorded onto a CD and presented for your ears to enjoy while your mind paints whatever pictures come to it. Seriously.
The album plays about 40 minutes in length, I believe. And once you’ve done that, you can check out the beautiful YouTube videos of the Go Quiet film, which was included in the deluxe edition of the disc as a DVD. It’s the entire album played as an acoustic set. And then, if you still haven’t had enough, check out some of the YouTube videos of the live performances. Jónsi and his new band (Sigur Rós is on hiatus for now) performed an extensive world-wide tour, which, I sadly missed. But watching these videos will make you fall even more into fascination with this fantastic album.
Check it out, and let me know what you think. I love it.