Sigur Rós @ Slottsskogen

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Ago 9 2008, 10h54

I don't care if it rains, it couldn't dampen this experience. But I can't let anything, so for once my ears must be left unprotected. This is the best concert I've ever been to.
Those were my thoughts, only a few songs into Sigur Rós' set at the Way Out West festival. Words can't explain the euphoria I felt during that single hour tonight, when time nearly slowed to a halt, for in all it's imposed brevity, the concert seemed endless. From the moment Jónsi, Kjarri, Goggi and Orri stepped on stage and offered the opening notes of Svefn-g-englar, the smile never left my face. At times, I was even unable to contain myself, laughing out loud with inexpressible joy, surrendering to the song of my inner lunatic.

I had astronomical expectations for this concert, but they were by far exceeded, and even literally matched as confetti repeatedly lit up the night sky over Gothenburg. It was the third time I had the pleasure of seeing these extraordinarily talented Icelanders play, but an altogether new experience. The first occasion was almost ruined by my naivety in not bringing ear plugs, thinking the band's music too mellow to rise to ear-harming volumes. On the second, I was better prepared and enjoyed it fully. But tonight, the performance took place outside the confines of a concert hall, instead gracing the great forest hall of my park, Slottsskogen. And the music really took the opportunity to grow. For me, finally getting to move freely at a Sigur Rós concert was pure relief, the first two songs from the band's playful new album providing the perfect soundtrack. Still, the stand-out tracks of the set are easy to pick out: every single one. From the soaring heights of Við spilum endalaust, to the rhythmic splendor of Sæglópur, and the blistering inferno of Untitled VIII, the intensity was just overwhelming.

Sigur Rós are otherworldly, in the best possible way. And tonight, for me, they rose to a new level. I hope their fairytale will continue for a long time to come, and that they may even defy time and continue playing endlessly.

Setlist:
01. Svefn-g-englar
02. Við spilum endalaust
03. Hoppípolla
04. Með Blóðnasir
05. Festival
06. Sæglópur
07. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
08. Hafsól
09. Gobbledigook
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10. Untitled VIII (Popplagið)
Envios aceitos
AFTER THE POST ROCK

Comentários

  • Irryco

    It was magical, indeed. : )

    Ago 9 2008, 13h15
  • Abnegation

    De var helt sinnessjukt grymma. Deras musik går verkligen in i hjärtat, som min kompis beskrev det, vilket är precis vad den gör. Gah, de är helt unika.

    Ago 10 2008, 0h14
  • Pankookis

    Wonderbar... Som du skriver... Stod med ett leende på läpparna hela tiden och bara stornjöt. Synd att det inte var längre!

    Ago 10 2008, 2h45
  • Susurrous

    Stod med leende på läpparna trots att jag grät (av lycka) speciellt under Festival, Sæglópur och Popplagið [untitled 8]! Hoppas de kommer till Sverige igen trots alla dåliga betyg från svenska dagstidningar =/ (hur f#n kan man ge Sigur Rós !!!en!!! geting? Död åt Markus Larsson...

    Ago 10 2008, 10h52
  • mrtnhdbrg

    går att beskriva med ord hur vackert det var!

    Ago 10 2008, 14h47
  • sid__vicious

    första låten var helt magisk, sen gick de lite utför men bra var de hela tiden

    Ago 10 2008, 17h34
  • Susurrous

    Får bara rätta det som står ovan lite, i spelningslistan, spelade de int Með Blóðnasir efter Hoppípolla, har för mig att Jónsi bad alla sjunga med i den? Och Hafssól är väl låten från Von, medan Hafsól (låten de spelade live) är från Hvarf/Heim? Men bara ett "s" skillnad ; )

    Ago 10 2008, 17h41
  • esc4p1st

    Jodå, du har så rätt. Tack för det :)

    Ago 10 2008, 18h43
  • Asmogriff

    Lite dystert att de bara spelade en låt från både Agaetis och ( ). Hade dött för att få se 1 eller 4 live. Eller Vidrar Vel... men så jävla bra ändå.

    Ago 10 2008, 19h30
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