Svefn-g-englar (9:16)

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From Ágætis byrjun and 20 other releases

“Svefn-g-englar” is a song by Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, from their second album, Ágætis byrjun.

“Svefn-g-englar” was released as a single in 1999, featuring two studio recordings — “Svefn-g-englar” (Icelandic pun “sleepwalkers” or “Sleep angels”) and “Viðrar vel til loftárása” (“good weather for airstrikes”), both from Ágætis byrjun — and two songs recorded live at the Icelandic Opera House in Reykjavík — “Nýja lagið” (“new song”), which has not yet been recorded in studio, and “Syndir Guðs” (“God’s sins”), from the group’s first LP, Von.

The single was the first UK release for the band, issued on Fat Cat Records in 1999. Upon release it was named “Single of the Week” in NME. In 2001, it was re-issued, in the United States, on PIAS records. The single is available both on compact disc and 12 inch vinyl, with somewhat different selections of tracks.

The music video for “Svefn-g-englar” was directed by August Jacobsson.


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  • thewallflowegh

    this is so beautiful it hurts. It feels like someone is cutting my heart into little pieces and toasting every single part of it .

    10 Mar 1:25am Reply
  • maledin

    it's like being in love...

    2 Mar 1:59am Reply
  • NadiaSchneider

    I just wanna smoke, drink wine and listen to this until i die. (2)

    22 Feb 11:57pm Reply
  • ForestFloor

    ethereal 1. extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world. I'd say that pretty much sums it up.

    20 Feb 7:49pm Reply
  • ErnestoLL

    I feel like this resonates from a different reality

    10 Feb 5:17pm Reply
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  • ketpavr

    I just wanna smoke, drink wine and listen to this until i die.

    27 Jan 1:48am Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    This is just too sublime.

    18 Jan 4:43am Reply
  • vaidabhishek

    These guys are so under-rated to the world. This song is one of the best things my ears could hear. And yet, I didn't know about it.

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • GenesHolland

    Do yourself a favor and go watch "Café de Floré". It brought me here.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Phaeton

    I love this track and just had it translated. When they sing "Ooooheyyyy aaaaah" followed by "oooooeeeyyy-ahhhh" it's not translatable. It's just good.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Phaeton

    Forget about funeral playlists....this is in my birth playlist. If I had one.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    It would be in my funeral playlist too.

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • foobula

    That deep dark organ is giving me goosebumps

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • takingaleft

    This could be the one..........

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • aandoroo

    Tjú Tjú!

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • louiseypops

    I want this to be played at my funeral. (2)

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • PotatoOfDeath

    From the moment it begins you know you're about to ascend to heaven

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • GingerWithSoul

    I want this to be played at my funeral.

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Cure1980

    strange france Trip chill out stuff.,.-

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
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