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ATL | 13:26 UK time, Saturday, 4 September 2010

Electric Arena, Friday 3rd September 9.00pm

Describe in a tweet: From the Hans Christian Andersen school of pop music.

What Happened: Jónsi, or Jón Þór Birgisson to his mum, seems to have been lifted straight from a Hans Christian Andersen book. Standing at the back of a packed Electric Arena, it was hard to get a good look at what the quirky Sigur Rós front man was wearing; but it appeared to be an Aran sweater with a bunch of feathers taped to it.

Jónsi mixes grandeur with whimsy during a performance which was stunning both visually and in the fact that a vast array of instruments were used produced such a tight and clear sound.

Where earlier in the day Laura Marling failed to get the essence of her delicate tone across to the EP audience, Jonsi not only reproduced Go perfectly, but managed inject a sense of playfulness which sometimes seems lacking from the usual Sigur Rós performance.

And the whole set was coupled with the most hypnotic visuals. A spooky cartoon wolf chasing a deer, perfectly in time to the song Animal Arithmetic highlighted the vast amount of thought and effort put into this live theatrical performance.

Electric Dreams: Go Do was sublime, absolutely sublime. And glorious, I forgot to mention it was glorious.

Ants at a picnic:.As clichéd as it sounds... it had to end.

EP rating: 7.9/10

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