One of my favorite concert memories was drinking in the ethereal vocals of Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson at a Sigur Ros concert in the opulent, crumbling digs of The Opera House (left) in downtown Boston one spring night with a bunch of friends. When Jonsi hit one of his high notes in an Untitled track from (), I remember getting chills down my spine. If I remember right, he’s more interested in the sound of the voice and sings nonsensical words, not lyrics in a foreign tongue.
Here’s their new video, kinda hippie, kinda folksy (as opposed to their last album, which my ex called funeral dirges). It’s called “Gobbledigook,” and the band is offering a free download of the song on their website. Good stuff. Not to mention that it’s a collaboration with the photographer Ryan McGinley, who I love love love. I learned about Ryan McGinley from a photographer friend Hyoungsun Ha, who I met while in residence at the Vermont Studio Center a couple years ago. Both McGinley and Hyoungsun are fantastic photographers, very different but sharing a common joy in the everyday.