Friend Slash Lover Loves Sigur Ros: L.A. indie/electronic project Friend Slash Lover told us about his Sigur Ros experience.
Friend Slash Lover: One gig that stands out in my mind is seeing Sigur Ros for the first time. I didn’t really know what to expect. I had only heard a couple songs. What I witnessed completely blew my mind. The sound was so big and full and ethereal, and the singer’s voice was angelic, but they still totally rocked. The gentleman sitting quietly next to me, wearing a nice suit with his legs crossed, turned out to be Iggy Pop. So that alone would’ve been worth writing home about.
The singer played his guitar with a cello bow and sang directly into the guitar pickups, and overall just created such a unique sound. His voice blended with the violins. It was really stunning. I went home totally inspired and bought a ticket to go back the next night.
Believe it or not, one of the songs on the new album, Disappearing Man, has a big, epic ending that was literally written in response to that concert. All the layers of high-pitched vocals and ethereal guitars build up and then break down and fade out to a very quiet ending. The lyrics are also a bit mysterious (I mean, who knows what Sigur Ros is saying, anyway?). It’s one of my favorites so far.
Friend Slash Lover Loves Sigur Ros: Friend Slash Lover’s “As Seen on TV (I’m the Actor Playing Me)” single is out now. His Mugged on Memory Lane EP is out later in the year.