Published on December 7th, 2010 | by Robbie Wojciechowski
Jonsi At Hammersmith Apollo
Coverage from: Robbie Wojciechowski
Always acclaimed as being brilliant, evocative and enthralling live, Jonsi is considered to some as a ‚Äòmusical genius,’ or ‚Äòthe voice of heaven,’ and tonight provided much the same impression.
With an impeccable stage show combining animation, projection and lights, the Hammersmith Apollo was brought to life as an array of imagery set the scene. Starting with a very atmospheric, slower vibe, Jonsi took the stage with only an acoustic guitar, capturing the audience beautifully. Then, the first chords of ‚ÄòTornado‘ came and the really lit up as a subtlety absorbed audience, stood, mesmerised, a part of their own surreal fantasy.
After half an hour of slower, powerful tracks, Jonsi took a brief moment to thank everyone for coming, say hello and introduce ‚ÄòGo Do‘, conceived by the audience with a huge applause. As the first few chimes of ‚ÄòGo Do‘ hit in, you could tell it was already a special moment, as the cymbals of the drums wove themselves into each corner, with each kick you felt a release. From this they went straight into the racing ‚ÄòAnimal Arithmetic‘ as hinges of movement fluttered throughout the crowd, the screens projecting a forage of spiders scattering on mass.
The set mainly consisted of tracks from his new record Go, with its intricate loving rhythms and effortless harmonies, it’s true presence felt throughout the Apollo tonight. Both the sound and imagery brought a technically stunning gig, oozing in aesthetics.
The highlight though, came with the encore as the band performed a vastly extended version of ‚ÄòGrow Til Tall,’ starting with almost an opraesque vibe, it grew and grew, as a storm unleashed its self on the screens behind, slowly intensifying as the music did. The song and graphics climaxing into mayhem as strobes flashed out of control and drums crashed powerfully over the lyrical god that is Jonsi. There was not person in the audience who was not completely absorbed and awe-struck.
The band left to a standing ovation from everyone as they applauded and cheered for a good 5 minutes after they left the stage, briefly coming back on to once again thank everyone and say a final goodbye. A stunning and surreal night that left me wanting for more than the hour and a half long set.
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