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Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós

Members: Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson, Georg Hólm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri Páll Dýrason

Origin: Reykjavik, Iceland

Labels: Fat Cat, One Little Indian, Geffen, EMI, XL


Sigur Rós are a post-rock band formed in 1994 in Reykjavik. Their debut album, “Von”, came out in 1997 on local label Smekkleysa. It had taken them two years to record - and they had even considered started all over again, but had decided against it in order to not delay its release even more. It got a lukewarm reception in their home country and went by virtually unnoticed abroad. With their second LP, it was a very different story. “Ágætis Byrjun” got them the international recognition they have maintained to this day. It was even featured on many “best of the decade” lists. The dream-pop and extensive ambient passages of their beginnings were replaced with exuberant orchestrations, which would become one of their singer and guitarist Jónsi's trademark features.

The support of the fans continued with “( )”, an album with only untitled songs, divided in two parts of four tracks each. The first half is bright and optimistic, the second melancholic and sombre. One of their biggest commercial successes came with “Takk…”, which peaked at 24 on the British charts and 27 on the Billboard 200. After a B-sides and rarities compilation, in 2008 they released their last studio album to date, “Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust”. The effort was somewhat more accessible than their previous works and was slightly influenced by folk. In January 2010 they announced they were going on a temporary hiatus, only to return in November 2011 with “Inni”, the recording of a 2008 concert in London, released on vinyl, DVD, Blu-Ray and CD. They are now working on the upcoming LP and will return to the stage in 2012.

Selected discography

“Von” (One Little Indian, 1997)

“Ágætis Byrjun” (Fat Cat, 1999)

“( )” (Fat Cat, 2002)

“Takk…” (Geffen, 2005)

“Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust” (XL, 2008)

“Inni” (XL, 2011)