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Reykjavík, Iceland (1994 – present)

Sigur Rós are an band. The name is derived from the name of lead vocalist Jónsi Birgisson’s little sister, Sigurrós. They hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic music scene as múm and Amiina. They released their first ever foray into film-making with their tour documentary, Heima in late 2007.

Jón Þór Birgisson (Jónsi), Georg Hólm, and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson formed the group in Reykjavík, Iceland in August 1994. They soon won a record deal with a local record label, Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). In 1997, they released Von (Hope) and in 1998, released a remix collection named Von Brigði. The name is Icelandic wordplay: Vonbrigði means “disappointment,” but Von brigði means “hope alteration.” (In English, the album is sometimes known by the alternative name “Recycle Bin.”)

International acclaim came with 1999’s Ágætis byrjun (“An alright start”), for which the band were joined by Kjartan Sveinsson. The album’s reputation slowly spread by word of mouth over the next two years. Soon, many critics worldwide hailed it as one of the best albums of its time and the band was playing with Radiohead and other big names. Drummer Ágúst left the band after the recording of Ágætis Byrjun and was replaced by Orri Páll Dýrason.

After the release of Ágætis Byrjun, the band became perhaps most well known for Birgisson’s signature style of playing guitar with the bow from a cello, accentuated with reverb, creating a sweeping, fluid sound that is unique for an electric guitar.


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  • Lisiyas


    21 Oct 7:52pm Reply
  • musiciswind

    Their music is beyond this world.

    21 Oct 12:20pm Reply
  • Alexface21

    Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása. Every time.

    21 Oct 3:56am Reply
  • KarmaPolice95

    I know this is pretty shameless self-promotion, but if you're into ambient/soundscapes/etc., you might like my new release, Summer Ghosts. It's ambient music inspired by amazing talents like Sigur Rós, Jonsí & Alex, Brian Eno, Tycho, and more, so check it out if you'd like! You can find both of my releases at Have a good one.

    19 Oct 5:41pm Reply
  • starfalcon

    Йонси, ну когда уже ты соберешься в новый тур

    19 Oct 4:42pm Reply
  • takemehome4real

    It doesn't matter how many bands have been created, and how many bands are going to be created. There will be no band like Sigur ros. Their music is magical. [4]

    19 Oct 3:24am Reply
  • nesso011

    Hey! Does someone here remember that Sigur Rós album, I think it was called "Kveikur", or something like that. Yes, the best album of 2013 and their furious rise from the depths of nostalgia and boring sleepy tracks. Anyone? Oh, right, I guess it wasn`t that awesome, then.

    18 Oct 1:37am Reply
  • metalmanmadness

    All About Music

    14 Oct 8:36am Reply
  • GreenDreams97

    No matter what I listen to, I always come back listening to Sigur Rós. I've never been able to describe exactly what their music does to me... Suffice to say it's been there when I needed it most. [2]

    13 Oct 3:48pm Reply
  • sleepingselene

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    11 Oct 5:17pm Reply
  • Donotturnaround

    @Toll_Suur лечи свой максимализм, читать тебя стыдно

    10 Oct 6:16pm Reply
  • Feyttozah

    Von <3

    10 Oct 5:17pm Reply
  • Toll_Suur

    Von уникальная эклектичная работа, непохожая ни на что даже близко. Но AgByr это высшая точка всего амбиент-поста, непревзойдённая..

    8 Oct 7:24am Reply
  • sooko

    I'm in love

    1 Oct 12:42pm Reply
  • loamz


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  • RubenBurggraaff

    one of the best!!!! Thnx Jonsi. x

    29 Sep 10:26pm Reply
  • r_ocketqueen

    it doesn't matter how many bands have been created, and how many bands are going to be created. There will be no band like Sigur ros. Their music is magical. [3]

    28 Sep 4:37pm Reply
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    23 Sep 8:52am Reply
  • Nanogon

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    22 Sep 8:29am Reply
  • TheFooLiSTeNeR

    Simply magic. Simply perfect.

    21 Sep 2:58pm Reply
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