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It moved me to tears, on more than one occasion.

beautiful beautiful beautiful. sigh.





As everyone filtered into the art deco style Hammersmith Apollo theatre they played the three existing Sigur Rós videos (Svefn-g-englar, Vidrar Vel Til Loftrarasa, Untitled #1) on a large screen. The opening act was a mellow soundscape performed by The Album Leaf, who was one very shy looking man whose music reminded me of an old friend Phil's band, The Microphones. Then Sigur Rós came on and played a 1 1/2 hour set. Jon Birgisson's wails sent chills down my spine and the keyboardist, Kjartan Sveinsson, made me laugh with his enthusiasm - you could almost feel his yearning to rock out. The melodic softness went well with the video snippits of children playing that were periodically projected onto the screen behind the stage, that youthful playfulness, innocence, and sometimes nostalgic yearning can be felt throughout most of their music. I was impressed overall at how well the lighting and the video mixed with the performance. It all combined to create an immersive ambient space that I lost myself in completely. It was over far too quickly.

When I first saw the video for Svefn-g-englar on tv two years ago I thought they would most likely flit on past in a flurry of beauty, never to be heard of again. It seems that I was wrong. All I have to say is: hooray for Iceland!

Only one personal disappointment. I took over 50 photos at the concert, some of which came out fairly well - we looked at them all on the tube ride home. When I arrived home and tried to download them they were all gone. Somehow the card had been wiped clean... depressing.

setlist:

vaka
mílanó
starálfur
njósnavélin
ný batterí
samskeyti
göng
e-bow
viðrar vel til loftárása
hafssól
gítardjamm
popplagið
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On February 13th, 2003 04:13 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I have wanted to see them for so long, they didn't disappoint. :)
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On February 13th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC), viejagloria commented:
i knew i should've moved up my flight to this week . :/
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On February 13th, 2003 04:25 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
flight? are you coming to London?
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On February 13th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC), quent commented:
touchy feely.
man, i've seen them 3 times now. its a shame they're not hitting seattle this tour. if there was one experience i would want to share with all my friends, that would be it.

so a good.

especially the last song. track 8.
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On February 13th, 2003 04:34 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: touchy feely.
"if there was one experience i would want to share with all my friends, that would be it."

oh definitely. :)

During the concert I kept thinking, "I wish so and so could experience this." It would be tempting to catch their next performance in Germany this weekend if we weren't moving.
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On February 13th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC), steveeeee commented:
sorry you lost all your pictures =(

i was going to ask, why the hell is he playing that guitar with a metal pipe, but then i noticed it was a bow. that must be how they get such bloody huge guitar sounds! (i've never seen them live, you see)
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On February 13th, 2003 04:41 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I keep hoping the photographs will miraculously reappear. Wishful thinking, I know.

The bow is used in quite a few of their songs.. there was one song in particular that I loved that the bassist was keeping a rhythm with either a bow or pipe of some kind. I wish I had a set list so I could find out which song it was.
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On February 13th, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC), mercuryglare commented:
did you take the photos above? if so, they are fantastic.
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On February 13th, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
no, the photos are from other sites, if you click on the photos it will take you to their original sources. I tried to find photos that best captured what we saw that evening since I lost all of the photos I took.
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On February 13th, 2003 04:21 pm (UTC), mercuryglare replied:
well, you're a good photographer as well. I am sure yours were quite good. I know the feeling of losing all the photos you have taken - pretty tragic. there is nothing like the anticipation of "I wonder what they look like" and nothing worse than having that taken away!
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On February 13th, 2003 04:50 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
well thank you.. although I'd probably need to get a closer seat next time if I want to get photos with that much detail. :) That sucks you've experienced the dreadful loss of photos feeling. I had it once before when I took photos at my pre-wedding party, but we managed to recover those recently. I think something might be wrong with my camera.
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On March 27th, 2003 04:06 am (UTC), milly_bogtrot commented:
Once again wandering around LJ randomly pays off...

I saw Sigur Ros play at an old converted church in Brighton a while back, and I have to say that everyone I went with was speechless. The venue was perfect for their music, and it is by far the most emotionally stimulating and thought-provoking gig I've ever been to. No alcohol was allowed..instead they had a 'sweet bar'....so we ate pick-n-mix sweets from paper bags, and I cried quietly to myself in the back row....beautiful noises =o]


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On May 1st, 2003 05:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
an old converted church sounds perfect and I like the idea of the pick-n-mix bags.. especially since it would have stopped the people in front of us getting up to go to the bathroom between each song because they were drinking too much beer. ;)
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