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Sigur Ros Brooklyn

Sigur Ros as seen at Brooklyn July 31, 2012.

Sigur Rós were the headline band on the third and final day of A Perfect Day festival in the picturesque setting of Castello Scaligero, in Villafranca on the outskirts of Verona.

The forecast was for rain and possible thunderstorms but, miraculously, it stayed dry for us punters packed inside a fortress where a full moon seemed to have been specially ordered to add to the atmosphere.

It was the first time I’d seen the band live, although from twenty years of consuming recordings + DVDs and ,after seeing Jónsi during his solo tour, I felt I had a fair idea of what to expect.

It was good to be among an audience to pay collective tribute to this unique group who have produced some of the most astounding and moving music over the past two decades.  There’s no substitute for being at a concert and sharing the experience with other fans even if, nowadays, this means having to peer past a veritable sea of mobile phones and cameras held aloft as an obsessive digital-capture ritual.

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With the release last year of live album/film Inni, Sigur Rós announced that the band were heading in a new direction implying that the final show at Alexander Palace in London marked the end of an era.

With the success of Jónsi‘s solo album, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the Icelanders had called it a day and finished on a high note.

Fears that they might be moving into glitch-pop or jazz-funk can be laid to rest with the preview track Ekki múkk from the new album die out on May 26th.

The video for the tune, by Jónsi’s sister, Inga Birgisdóttir, shows a ship floating slowly across but not on a glimmering ocean and , although the album title – Valtari – is the Icelandic word for steamroller, this is the kind of dreamy, captivating sound we know and love.

If it ain’t broken, why fix it?  appears to be the message, which  is a relief to me personally as I have tickets to see the band in Verona this summer.


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