On second thought, I guess “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima” is a pretty descriptive name; at least, it lets the listener know what the mood is going to be. But I’m sure there are still tons of examples that I could have used.
So Sigur Rós played “Njósnavélin” on Craig Kilborn’s show last night. I thought it was a great performance. I’ve heard the song twice in concert (I think), and I think it’s really beautiful. I’m quite surprised, though, that they would have been asked to play that particular song - it’s one of their sparsest, most subtle pieces, and it’s pretty repetitive to boot. My roommates certainly didn’t like it very much. Curious choice. In any case, I was sort of pissed because they cut off the last few minutes of the song - and with a piece that moody and laid-back, you’ve gotta have a proper resolution. Sigh.