Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Hitting the High Notes"

YouTube - Sigur Ros - glosoli - reykjavík concert Here's a video of the Icelandic band "Sigur Ros" performing live outdoors in Reykjavik, Iceland the song "Glosoli" (click the YouTube link). From what I understand, the lead singer, Jonsi Birgisson, with the exceptional falsetto singing style sings with made up words that convey an ethereal mood to the music. I learned of the band from "Annie" who worked with me at the Soundings motel this past season on Cape Cod. Notice that the guitar players are playing with gloves on so it must have been cold that Summer in Iceland. Also, notice the lead singer playing his guitar with a violin bow and that the drummer plays the whole song on cymbals.

I wonder if there was a contest between "Tiny Tim" of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" fame and Jonsi Birgisson who could sing the highest notes? What do you think? What's your favorite Icelandic based band?