Sunday, September 25, 2005

Sigur Rós And Amina

The trance-state is characterized by repetition
What kind of place is Iceland?
The repetition contains within it variations
How can a country so small generate so much original thought?
The variations produce chaos out of order
Two Icelandic bands performed in Minneapolis last night
The variations produce order out of chaos
Amina, feminine, creating complex layers of sound
The trance-state has a character that includes repetitions
With strings and saws and lobby-bells and harmoniums and loops
The repetitions contain within them variations
A joyful surprise
The variations promise chaos on our orders
Sigur Rós, rose of victory, takes the stage behind a scrim
The validations premise orders our chaos
The song is one
The trance-state has crenelations that infer repetitions
For two hours the song ebbs and flows
The resuscitations comprise worlds of validation
The climax, and yet another climax
The validation presses outward on chaos
The encore, and then another, and yet another
The trance-state has created our inspiration
And a curtain call, Sigur Rós and Amina
The resolution compels wild adulation
Boys and Girls playing together
The adulation posits overwhelming cries
Some new kind of music
The trance-state of Iceland?

By Professor Batty


Blogger Alda said...


Contrary to most, though, I just don't get what's so great about Sigur Rós. I've never really liked their music.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

...I had a hard time with them also, the latest album is much better I think, but still a challenge- definitely not easy listening! Our excellent public radio station The Source played a 'song' today from the sound check for Saturday's performace- it was absolutely stunning! I like the fact that they have incorporated Amina into almost all the arrangements- they were wonderful in their own right, similar approach but not quite as brooding as Sigur Rós can be at times. Regardless of any of this, verrry original approaches to music. The man I sat next to, who didn't know a thing about either group was completely overwhelmed by the show.

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