2011 song of the year : "lúppulagið"
i may or may not get around to compiling my full lists of favorite albums and tracks of the year, but one pick that is absolutely clear is sigur rós' "lúppulagið" as my favorite song of 2011.
it opens sparse and hauntingly, like the quiet chill of the last stars to yield to daybreak. a few bright piano keys break the stillness, gently, and eyes open to let in the first soft light of dawn. the pace quickens only slightly, unfolding into an idyllic morning that completely belies the turmoil of the previous day.
this has been the most tragic and painful year of my life, but when i listen to this song, i always imagine it playing during the moment when everything has turned around. it evokes a feeling of serenity and tranquility, of beauty made staggering by its righteousness. but most of all, to me this song represents hope. that even though this year has been altogether...well, shitty, tomorrow is a new day and a new month and a new year. during the past few months, this song has maintained me, reminded me of where i need to go. it has been difficult for sure, but the desire is there; the hope is there. so, goodbye to 2011. you will not be forgotten, but you will not be missed.
sigur rós : "lúppulagið"
from the lp inni (xl recordings, 2011)
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