Tuesday, 15 July 2014


"ágætis byrjun"
Year:    1999
Country:    Iceland
City:    Reykjavík
Label:    Pias
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    70 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Rock           Ambient

Sigur Rós started in January 1994 and their name is icelandic wordplay: while the individual words Sigur and Rós mean, respectively, Victory and Rose, "Victory Rose" wouldn't be grammatically correct; the name is actually borrowed from Jónsi's younger sister Sigurrós, who was born a few days before the band was formed, and then split into two words. They soon won a record deal with the local Sugarcubes-owned record label Bad Taste, because they thought the falsetto vocals were very cute and would appeal to teenage girls. In 1997, they released Von ( meaning "hope") and in 1998 a remix collection named Von brigði. This name is also icelandic wordplay: Vonbrigði means "disappointment", but Von brigði means "variations on Von". The band was joined by Kjartan Sveinsson on keyboards in 1998. He is the only member of Sigur Rós with musical training, and has contributed most of the orchestral and string arrangements for their later work. In their complete discography Sigur Rós mix several music elements from post-rock to ambient to space rock or even modern classical music.
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