Sigur Rós is an indescribable musical experience, but I am going to try anyway. The Wikipedia Sigur Rós page calls the band "an Icelandic ambient/post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994. Known for their [sic] ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. The band is named after Jónsi's sister Sigurrós Elin."
But these lines are inadequate to explain the power and majesty, the spiritual awakening, rekindling, and rejuvenating that is a Sigur Rós musical experience.
I have been to a lot of concerts. And I have used the word "transformative" before to describe some of my experiences with shows by artists, such as Erykah Badu, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and U2. However, Sigur Rós stands in a class all its own. The music, the experience of the live show, is ineffable.
I am transformed. Something has changed. Paradigm shift. I will not be the same after this experience. I will not look at the world the same way anymore. Like a flower that has opened, petal after petal, slowly and tenderly, I am opened.
I am also pretentious as all Hell. Okay, okay... So what was it REALLY like?
A video will not help. But I can always try. This one captures some of what I am talking about.
The entire concert experience is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. In part, the venue accentuated the experience. The Fox Theatre is a temple, a cathedral, a pantheon. Filled with sound, it transported me into another time and space, a different wavelength of energy, vibrating at a new frequency.
Vibrating at a new frequency. - chris tower: 1304.02 19:32