"Hrafntinna" by Sigur Ros // La Blogotheque Empty Space #4 (2013)
It’s kind of strange. When Sigur Ros first hit in the United States in 1999, I was immediately hooked. I saw the band play a dozen or so times over the following several years, always leaving feeling as if I had witnessed something magical. They were/are one of my all time favorite bands and a source of creative inspiration to this day. Oddly, somewhere around 2008, I just kind of stopped spending a ton of time on the band. They released several albums since then, and each one I find myself listening to a couple of times and then filing it away, happy to have heard it, but rarely returning to the space within those albums. It should be noted that I haven’t seen the band live since 2008. Lately, something happened and lead me to start checking out the band’s live shows that have made their way to air, and seeing the brilliance of the band laid out on film brought me back to those albums that I hadn’t spent the appropriate amount of time with, and in turn I’ve once again found myself getting lost in their music for hours. Inspired to pursue them again through live video and a healthy love for the band’s early years. I started to feel foolish for thinking that I had outgrown the band in recent years, when in fact I had just chosen to step away. Surely do in part to some emotional connection to a track or two that felt like speaking to ghosts. Now, after all that time, I’ve found myself obsessing over the new material and especially the way in which it is brought to life on stage. Today, La Blogotheque released a new episode of their “Empty Space” series in which Sigur Ros performs the ethereal, haunting “Hrafntinna” from the stunning album, Kveikur. Once again, I’m hooked. Spending hours inside of those albums, new and old. It’s like rekindling a friendship that you never should have lost in the first place. It’s once again exciting to be moved by a band that I had forgotten had the ability to do so.