November 8, 2010
Jónsi's year of going...
Jónsi - who is sort of the male Bjork-when-she-was-good - ties a ribbon around the last year with the release of a live DVD and album titled (a bit obviously?) Go Live. Check out the trailer for the film above, which looks like a Raggedy Andy band of nomads performing on the set of a horror film, complete with a masked audience.
Strangely, the DVD is a film of the very first show of the tour last March. Usually, artists allow time for the stage show glitches to be worked out before they capture it on film. Jónsi is the type who probably enjoys the frisson of anything-could-happen that permeates the launch of a tour. The album, recorded in September, is unique in that it has several additional songs he wrote for the tour. They include Icicle Sleeves, New Piano Song, Stars In Still Water and Saint Naive.
If you've not heard Go, Jonsi's debut solo album, it's more pop-accessible than his band Sigur Ros. The breathtaking Tornado will soon appear in my Top Songs of 2010 and I also recommend Boy Lillikoi, Around Us and Sinking Friendships. It's not too late to get it- the whole glorious thing sounds like a Christmas record!
Here are the full details for Go Live
And here is Tornado...