I've been blessed with receiving a lot of really excellent music this year from various friends and sources. One that has really stood out for me is this Icelandic band called Sigur Ros. I've known about them for a while but I never really got their music. Until this year. I stumbled across this one song called Seaglopur from the album Takk... (the singer sings in Icelandic, English and often in a made up language called Hopelandic). If all of creation has a song, if everything is harmonizing with everything else in order to create a hymn in honor of the Creator, to sing of His beauty and the beauty of all life, I honestly think, to my ears, this is what it would sound like. The way the instruments and his voice and perhaps most of all the percussion build, crescendo and release, is just perfect and has carried me through some of the biggest changes in my life this year. I don't think it'll sound like this to everyone, but I did want to share it. Just in case it does the same thing for someone else! And after that song is another song by them I've been really enjoying.
This song is called Gobbledigook from the album með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (10 automatic points for anyone that can say that correctly. I seriously think Icelandic is the language of the elven folk.) Parts of it sound exactly like the Andean folk music I grew up listening to. And Bjork plays the crap out of that snare drum, with this joy and abandon that's just beautiful. Also, hair feathers.