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Sigur Ros at Radio City Music Hall (October 5, 2016)

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2016

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There’s shows that you go to, and then there’s shows that you engulf you in the experience. Icelandic wonders Sigur Ros fall in the latter category. For nearly two decades now (yeah, it’s nearly been that long), the Reykjavík-based band have been making music that’s equally spiritual, emotive, uplifting and larger than life. Quite simply, there is no one else quite like them.

It’s been three years now since Kveikur, their last studio album. They’re currently at work on a new record, using this current tour to test out some new song, and present old favorites with reimagined arrangements. The tour came to New York on October 5, for a sold out performance at Radio City (with two shows at Kings Theatre to follow). It was hard to imagine a more perfect venue for the band, especially considering it was much more intimate than their last show here, at Madison Square Garden.

The group broke things off with two sets lists, with a 15-minute intermission in between. They showed off an impressive stage display and light show that only brought their songs to a more visceral level, truly leaving you lost within their music in more ways than one. It was hard not to be overcome by multiple emotions while watching them deliver all of the sprawling epic that is “Festival,” or other heartbreakers like “Starálfur” and the hammering epic set closer, “Popplagið.”

It’s one thing to listen to Sigur Ros at home, and another to hear those angelic vocals of Jónsi guiding the beautiful arrangements that he and Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason deliver with such levity and grace. One second your in a trance-like state, lost in awe at the colorful movements of their light show, and then you catch yourself with your eyes closed, soaking every ounce of beauty as if its a fleeting moment you’ll never find again. That’s what live music is all about, and Sigur Ros present that to their audience about as good as anyone out there.

We’re fortunate to live in a time where we can see a band like them tour even without an album out. I can only imagine what they have in store with us once their next classic is unearthed and they come back to us for what may be their biggest shows yet.

Find the setlist posted below, along with photos from their performance.

Sigur Ros Setlist:

Set 1:

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2. Ekki Múkk
3. Samskeyti
4. E-Bow
5. Dauðalagið
6. Glósóli
7. Smáskifa

Set 2:

8. Óveður
9. Starálfur
10. Sæglópur
11. Ný Batterí
12. Vaka
13. Festival
14. Kveikur
15. Fljótavík
16. Popplagið

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Sigur Ros Game Of Thrones

Last nights episode of Game Of Thrones was one of those episodes that just left you stunned. No spoilers here of course, but if you have yet to see it, what are you waiting for?

Sigur Rós made a special little cameo during last night’s episode – a rather hilarious bit actually. They also contributed a new cover of the songs brooding anthem “The Rains Of Castamere”, which The National covered two seasons ago.

Sigur Rós give the cover their own haunting spin, keeping the brooding nature very much in tact. It’s wonderful, as is everything Sigur Rós touch.

Listen to their version below.
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[watch]: Sigur Ros Play In A Cave

By Will Oliver, September 23rd 2013 — with 1 comment

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La Blogothèque always finds ways to bring the best out of artists. Only they could make Sigur Rós more magical than the Icelandic band already are. They captured a performance of the band playing “Hrafntinna” live in a cave located in Paris for their “Empty Space” live session series.

I got chills watching it go down. It gives live music a totally new meaning. It’s almost an outer body experience. This is one hell of a performance. What a capture by La Blogothèque.

Watch it below.
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[new]: Sigur Ros – Ísjaki

By Will Oliver, April 25th 2013

Sigur Ros’ new album Kveikur comes out June 18 via XL Recordings. They previously shared with us a new song called “Brennisteinn”, and now they shared another track: “Ísjaki.”

They share the track via a lyric video that actively lets you try and decipher what it is that they are saying. It’s a tempered beauty of the track both open and mysterious enough in only ways that Sigur Ros could convey.

Listen below.
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Sigur Ros @ Madison Square Garden (March 25, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2013 — with 5 comments

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Sigur Ros have a special sound that is truly larger than life. No one can argue that. With that said, they also seem like a modest band that is sincerely happy to make music that people enjoy. So to see them play the mecca of arenas, Madison Square Garden, is a fulfilling win for all the good guys. But to see them harness the energy of such an event with the power and finesse that they achieved tonight, damn, sometimes life can be pretty extraordinary.

The Icelandic band can instantly go from soft, sleep-worthy beauty, and then come crashing with raw power that stuns you like a wave They have many different ways to do it, but one way, or another, they will find a way into your emotional core.

They started the show with a giant screen draped over them, casting a giant silhouette of Jónsi towing away with his bowed guitar. Looking like he was the wizard of oz of MSG, he has all of us instantly transfixed. When the screen dropped, the band seemed to take it as a cue to take things up a notch. This was because the band (now a 3-piece) was backed up by a large set of backing musicians who played just about every instrument you could think of.

Playing for nearly 2-hours, it seemed like a lifetime journey spent with the band, in the best way possible. One minute they have you on the verge of tears, and the very next your feeling a spiritual high. A Sigur Ros show has the power and emotional transgression of a religious experience, an amazing feat considering not a single word of English was uttered other than a quick hello or thank you. They do so with their sounds and sight, giving us a spectacular light show backed by moving images that were breathtaking enough to be considering another band member.

They delivered and shared all the best of their classic material, creating crashing, sweeping results. New songs were also shared, which sounded pretty heavy and slightly psych-experimental, almost rivaling the present day sound of Radiohead.

I can go on with my words and tell you how amazing Sigur Ros are live (you probably already could have guessed). I could enamor you with the nation that this was one of the better shows that I have ever seen (it was). I could tell you that the show had an emotional impact me larger than anything else that has recently occurred in my life (by great lengths). But Sigur Ros are not a band that uses words to impact you.

So ignore my uttering and see them live to see them live and make your own interpretations.

Sigur Ros Announce New Album: Kveikur

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Sigur Rós are returning with a new album this year titled Kveikur, only a year since last year’s Valtari. It will come out June 18 via X.L. Recordings. Sadly, the band is now a three-piece, as Kjartan Sveinsson has left the band. A new album announcement is well timed, as I am seeing the band for the first time (full performance wise) tonight at MSG.

The band released a new song called “Brennisteinn” which will appear on the album, and definitely lives up to the promise that their material has a more aggressive feel. The band seem to take a little bit of the sound from each of their releases to create one powerhouse of a track.

Take a listen via it’s music video posted below.
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[watch]: Sigur Ros: Leaning Toward Solace

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2012 — with 1 comment

The final film in Sigur Ros’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment is a beauty. It’s a short film titled “Leaning Toward Solace” which is directed by Floria Sigismondi, and features the super-talented John Hawkes and Elle Fanning. The short film features a combination of “Dauoalogn” and “Varuo”.

The film itself is totally worth the watch, as if Sigur Ros’ poetic music wasn’t enough of an attraction. Check it out below.
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Sigur Ros Announce MSG Show

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2012

Sigur Ros have announced some new tour dates, which include a stop at Madison Square Garden – their largest show in NYC to date.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The fan presale starts Wednesday also at 10 a.m. Fans can sign up at their site to receive information for the pre-sale.

Find the full set of tour dates below along with the newly debuted video for “Valtari”. Beware it’s slightly NSFW.
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Sigur Ros @ Lollapalooza (August 5, 2012)

By Will Oliver, August 8th 2012

Photo above via Bruno Postigo

Sigur Ros came out and did in fact sound as heavenly beautiful as you have dreamed they would. I only caught the first half of their set, and can definitely see them achieving even greater heights at a more intimate venue, but there’s no reason for me to complain. These guys don’t hold back on the natural beauty, and are something to behold live. Jonsi’s voice is like no one elses, and his ability to lead such a poetic band of musicians is something of a major achievement.

Sigur Ros : Gobbledigook Remixes

By Will Oliver, December 27th 2009

I was browsing some websites and forums last night, and I came across some new, and certainly different Sigur Ros. They are remix’s of Gobbledigook, the first single of their last album Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust.

The first remix is the Gobbledigook (Gluteus Maximus Mix). It strips the vocals and make them bare, allowing them to sound sad and lonely. This is a lot different from the upbeat tribal way that they are used in the original version. It then transforms into a trippy dance craze thanks to the house beat and dark sound effects. The song is literally transformed into an entirely new being. The second remix is the Gobbledigook (Flowing Remix Raw & Bare). The remix  sounds like it should be credited to Animal Collective. Sporatic beats, heavy bass, and disjointed usage of the vocals.

I think house/big beat fans will appreciate this more so than the hardcore fans of Sigor Ros. I recommend listening to this as you are lounging around, trying to get through your Sunday.

[mp3] : Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook (Gluteus Maximus Mix)

[mp3] : Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook (Flowing Remix Raw & Bare)





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