or Musical Interlude 1.

Wow, first post in a while (again!) I did say I’ve been busy lately and I have been busy, even if part of that busyness is playing Ni No Kuni a lot as I suggested a few posts back in Wishing To Be Bewitched (it’s wonderful by the way.) I have been working on making a new musical mix too, as I said I would, and I’m almost there, but it’s time consuming. It will appear next as Musical Interlude 2 followed by the thrilling (possibly) conclusion to Triangulation. However by spooky coincidence (it’s almost as if I actually planned it) this post is linked to the one I wrote about Ni No Kuni a month ago…

I started that post by saying I don’t get excited about things, I’m just not an excitable kinda person, but now I’m almost, almost, almost excited about something, which makes for twice in two months…? What’s happening to me?

In just over a fortnight I’m going to see Sigur Ros play live at Brixton Academy in London, or the O2 Academy as it’s now corporately, sadly known. For those who don’t know, they’re an Icelandic band described on their wikipedia page as “ambient/post-rock”… I hate categorisation… I first heard of them in 1999 and bought their second album Agaetis Byrjun soon after it was released that year. I quickly fell in love with their unique and beautiful sound and have bought the majority of the music they have released since, as well as a few collaborative pieces they’ve done. In that time they’ve become ‘almost’ popular, to the extent where their music has been so frequently used on soundtracks for films, TV dramas and documentaries that they’ve enjoyed limited chart success. I’m not entirely certain of this as a fact, but I would guess that they are the most successful non-English singing band in the history of the UK charts.

Last September they announced a modestly sized world tour and I was lucky enough to be able to book some tickets whilst they were in ‘hot cakes’ mode. They don’t appear very often, apart from occasional festival spots, so a chance to see a dedicated live performance with a full orchestra was too good to miss, what you might call a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. I’m going with some good friends too (and a complete stranger… Keeping it weird) which will only help to enhance the experience… A problem shared is a problem halved, and a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled, or multiplied, depending on the numbers…

I’m so very nearly excited it’s silly. I wasn’t excited six months ago when I booked the tickets, but it’s getting closer now, and I’m slowly working my way through their back catalogue, and they keep sending me emails to help me get worked up, and I’m that close to being excited… But not yet!

It’s going to be epic though. The last and only time I went to Brixton Academy was twenty five years ago, and that would class as ‘probably’ the best live gig I’ve ever been to (I’ve mentioned it before on here, so I won’t mention it now.) Now a quarter of a century later I will potentially see something that’s on a par with that show. You can’t blame me for being (almost, almost, almost) excited can you?

One little thing that was worrying me about seeing Sigur Ros was what kind of crowd I could expect to be there, and how I should ‘act’. Usually if you go to see a band perform live you have some idea of the clientele and the atmosphere you will find there, but I was a bit unsure about this one. Luckily the band sent out an email with a video preview of the live show, so I now know  what is considered ‘normal’ for a spectator. I think I’ll be quite happy to gape open-mouthed at the stage while maybe shedding the occasional tear, so it should be fine 🙂 Here’s a link to the video…

Looks good, huh? Very…

Anyway, that’s enough of me being (almost, almost, almost) excited. Back soon, and I’ve already told you what’s next, so I don’t need to do it again…

Until then… Peace… ses x