My Finnish friend known colloquially as Vompatti has published the first issue of his online magazine, Nervous Horse. The magazine is devoted to serious and not-so-serious works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and absurdity of all types from several writers around the world, and was compiled into what will be a continuing series. I contributed the second major writing piece.
It’s full of in-jokes and nonsense and equal doses of surrealism and stupidity, but it’s a fun read, and it was fun to contribute. So check it out, if that sounds like your sort of thing.
I also have a piece in this it seems. Kevin is correct, it is a very cool project.
Two parishes collide in Johnson City Tennessee and a 15-man gang beats up a cyclist in Washington DC. The assistants of myriad departments vacate in blind vacation mode toward the salons and parlors while an amazing new doctor leads football players toward the historic jazz part of town where Ted Hughes laid down his love, a ghost, worshiping the paprika of elevated mankind. Soon dust will seize the frame we call “the world” and artists will tackle the curvature of earth in a new way, using holograms and redesigned skins that light up in the atmosphere like Istanbul throbbing harder than Tiresias. I peel eggs patiently for ten minutes before realizing that hail is magic already raining invisibly above our heads.
So, Sigur Rós put up a new song/video for streaming. I’m pretty amazed at their prolificness, putting out a whole new full-length only a year and a month after their last. I just hope the output quality isn’t affected.
When they first put up a 30-second preview for the album a few months ago, I was really excited to hear it being more upbeat and rock-oriented. I was hoping it would be a return to the sort of sound they perfected on Takk…, which is still my favorite of theirs by far and probably a top 5 album for me as well. But this new song is tremendously different in every respect from anything they’ve done before. It’s… dark. And heavy. I’m so taken aback right now that I’m not quite sure what to think about it yet. All I know is that now I cannot wait to hear the rest of it.
I do, however, give the band very serious props for wanting to take such a drastically different stylistic change so far into their career. I have a feeling the new album is most definitely going to alienate some fans. And given how incredibly different of a turn their sound has made in the brief excursion since the last album, I think it’s safe to say that the band had a very clear and very driven burst of creativity when writing the new record, and I’m sure the quality will be to the tremendously high par that they set with every album they release.