Favorite songs: (1) Hundslappadrífa, (6) Wind in Our Ears.
I didn’t think it would be possible to unseat the record for “My favorite album of all time,” but then Jónsi and Alex managed to change my opinion. They took what I previously considered to be my favorite album, Riceboy Sleeps, and developed a companion album that has become my “absolute true favorite album of all time.” Lost and Found revisits the moods and atmospheres from Riceboy Sleeps and portrays them in a new and unique manner that I was totally unprepared for, and that I love in every conceivable way.
Taking my earlier metaphor of using a microscope to discover and expand upon nuances from Sigur Rós songs to create Riceboy Sleeps, it’s as if the microscope was brought out again to find another level of previously unnoticed yet equally deserving detail. The pair finds moments and moods from Riceboy Sleeps and further indulges upon them with a level of arrangement and care that can only be described as reaching the heights of opulence and grandeur.
Concepts and scenes from Riceboy Sleeps are teased out and developed in a darker, more somber manner with a characteristic, unrelenting intensity and polished narrative that only Jónsi and Alex could provide.
Since Lost and Found is a companion album to Riceboy Sleeps, perhaps they didn’t dethrone my favorite album of all time… Perhaps they just expanded on it, showing even more of what it could be… and what it always has been, deep down.
These open-ended possibilities are most apparent in how the album ends. The album’s final song, Wind in Our Ears, treats you to a lovely initial melody that builds out of the dusty scratches of the past into a rallying cry full of perseverance and drive. The song starts to fade away in a place you expect a final track to fade. Then, the duo comes back for the album’s true finale. They uncloak a swelling ambiance with such lavish intensity that it can only serve as a reminder of the infinite power of creation. The possibility of creation that lies within all that is, and all that will be. It’s a reminder that the album is not over, and there’s new places where even it can evolve and grow. Infinite development, infinite growth. They’re almost teasing me that they could do it again, make another album I’d consider my new favorite of all time. It’s a reminder that all things are possible. For that reason, Wind in Our Ears may very well be my favorite song of all time.
And for those reasons – for all of the stories that this album tells – this is my favorite album of all time.