|Jónsi Birgisson (Ryan Muir for NPR)|
NPR's "Live in Concert" series provided a live audio feed for the Sigur Rós concert in Prospect Park July 31, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summerfest. Even listening through my kitchen speakers, I was transported skyward by the otherworldly music of this Icelandic band. Whether its the unfamiliar cultural landscape or Jónsi Birgisson's angelic falsetto, this band has existed on a separate parallel plane in the music scene since 1994. The group is back on tour after four years, and those lucky to be there or nearby (like my daughter listening outside the venue), can now relive the evening. For those of us outside the area, it was a treat indeed to be there in spirit and have another opportunity to experience the over hour-long set. Many songs were from the latest release, Valtari, but a clear highlight dominated with Jónsi's contribution to the We Bought a Zoo soundtrack, "Gathering Stories."
Listen at the link here and for those looking for help saying the band name, see Wikipedia's handy
pronunciation guide below.
Sigur Rós (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsɪːɣʏr ˈroːus] ( listen))