Bonnaroo Reviewed: Sigur Ros
Icelandic soundscape artists induce late night sonic ecstasy with ethereal, ornate tunes.
As anxious fans squeezed their way to the front of That Tent in the early A.M. hours Sunday, Sigur Rós appeared under eerie blue lighting and enormous illuminated hanging balloons to deliver two hours of epic musical ecstasy, leaving everyone in the crowd speechless and, quite literally, waiting for more.
Hitting on their entire, decade-spanning catalog, the band appeared natural and at ease as they rotated between sparse, dark tunes and lush uplifting tracks, including “Svefn-g-englar,” “Njósnavélin,” and “Hoppípolla.” The set also included horn-heavy material from upcoming album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (English: “With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly”), which proved especially climatic and worked the crowd into an even deeper state of nirvana.
Closing the set with new “single” “Goobledigook,” the band pulled out all the stops, filling the stage with bodies and showering the crowd with confetti guns before exiting, only to return for a brief encore and two, yes two, bows. The crowd, unable to accept that the show was over, remained for nearly ten minutes chanting “one more song” in unison to no avail. But hey, it was worth a shot.