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Sigur Rós

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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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  • blanctorche

    \\/ vai tomar no cu

    Yesterday 7:04pm Reply
  • VVPtrigger

    disgusting music for disgusting people

    Yesterday 1:18am Reply
  • Nick14Orlov

    В последнее время ничего, кроме этой группы в плеере не гоняю. Ибо в стране такое творится, что кроме этого ничего не спасает.

    19 Dec 2:33pm Reply
  • Jabber-wacky

    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. [14]

    19 Dec 12:59am Reply
  • louiseypops

    Travelling to Iceland last month made me love these guys even more than I already did. Amazing country, amazing people!

    13 Dec 10:34am Reply
  • WeirdGeorge

    These guys are great, but they're sometimes make them songs too lenghty without a purpose (unlike bands like Mono, who does it for atmospheric purposes, or bands like Pink Floyd or King Crimson, who does it for demonstrating improvising and composing skills), what making beautiful songs into boring ones sometimes. However, Von, Kveikur and Ágætis byrjun are awesome as fuck

    11 Dec 5:34pm Reply
  • Damn3da

    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. [13]

    11 Dec 1:03pm Reply
  • D4D4H

    So deep.

    11 Dec 1:28am Reply
  • IceSpoon

    The other day I met a man that looked exactly like the grandpa from "Hoppípolla" music video. I wanted to give him a hug so bad <3

    10 Dec 2:26pm Reply
  • SOULMATE666

    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. [12]

    6 Dec 12:08pm Reply
  • Yuriyuss

    Гарна музика, дуже гарна. А головне - по-справжньому добра!

    4 Dec 10:41am Reply
  • norriko

    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. [11]

    1 Dec 10:20pm Reply
  • amihailovskaya

    Захапляльнае і дзіўнае гучанне. Sigur Rós - непараўнаны гурт!

    30 Nov 10:48am Reply
  • ThatSpongeBoy

    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. [10]

    29 Nov 1:53am Reply
  • spidberg

    We like Eyjafjallajökull and Sigur Rós

    28 Nov 6:17pm Reply
  • Vinc2

    I just covered live "Svefn-G-Englar", if you are interested ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qP3nGiGs_0

    27 Nov 4:17pm Reply
  • Krisz_89

    Their earlier albums are also worth checking out... There are lots and lots of underrated masterpieces from them

    27 Nov 10:43am Reply
  • Alexface21

    Hvarf seems to be massively underrated.

    24 Nov 3:17am Reply
  • weendril

    hef ekki hlustað á þeim fyrir löngu, en mér finnst ágætis byrjun er samt besta plata allra tíma

    23 Nov 11:27pm Reply
  • vrinicius

    t 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. [9]

    23 Nov 2:58pm Reply
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