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Sigur Ros

Named in part after a sister of one of the bandmembers, Reykjavik, Iceland's Sigur Rós (Victory Rose) was formed by guitarist and vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson (who later went by the name Jónsi), bassist Georg Holm, and drummer Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson. Formed in early 1994 while the members were teenagers, the trio's first recorded song earned them a deal with Iceland's Bad Taste label. Their sprawling debut LP, Von (Hope), was released in 1997, followed the next year by a collection of remixes from that album, Recycle Bin. Kjartan Sveinsson joined the band on keyboards and the band recorded 1999's strings-heavy Ágætis Byrjun (Good Start), earning themselves numerous accolades in their homeland and achieving platinum status in sales. Gunnarsson then departed and was quickly replaced by Orri Páll DýRason.

Svefn-G-Englar, their first release to be distributed outside of their native country, was hailed as NME's Single of the Week during September of 1999, launching a press hype steamroller in the U.K. and -- to a lesser extent -- in the U.S. The "Ný Battery" single was issued in early 2000, the band's breakout year. British independent Fat Cat began distributing the band, stretching their reach beyond Icelanders and rabid journalists. April dates in England with Godspeed You! Black Emperor were capped off by an appearance at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, and they also opened several dates of Radiohead's European tour before year's end.

Sigur Rós spent the first three months of 2001 off the road, setting up their own studio and making their third album. Meanwhile, Ágætis Byrjun found a label in the U.S. and worldwide press became increasingly positive and varied; both Entertainment Weekly and The Wire ran features on the band. The group began touring again in April, playing more shows in Europe, a handful in the States, and several more in Japan throughout the remainder of the year. By the end of the year, Ágætis Byrjun had won the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music; it was also declared Iceland's Best Album of the Century.

( ), Sigur Rós' third album, was released in 2002. The majority of the material was honed on the road prior to being recorded at Alafoss, the group's studio, located outside Reykjavik. The album featured a raw sound in comparison to its predecessors and scaled back the extreme highs and lows that were prominent on Ágætis Byrjun. Three years later, they issued 2005's Takk..., featuring some tighter arrangements and brighter tones. In 2007 they released the documentary film Heima, which chronicled the band's tour of Iceland the previous year alongside an intimate acoustic show at a coffee shop in the small town of Borg.

Released in 2008, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust found the group adding fairly straightforward pop songs to its sound alongside the traditionally epic soundscapes. After Sigur Rós completed touring for the album (the final weekend of shows recorded and captured on film and then released in 2011 as Inni), they headed back to the studio but scrapped the results and went on a hiatus. During this time, Jónsi launched a solo career, first collaborating with boyfriend Alex Somers (as Jónsi & Alex) on 2009's Riceboy Sleeps, then releasing 2010's Go under his own name. His main claim to fame, though, was recording "Sticks and Stones" for the soundtrack of How to Train Your Dragon.

The group ended its hiatus in April of 2010, playing a set at the Coachella Festival. In October of 2011, they released their first live album, Inni, a document of their 2008 tour. Their understated sixth studio album, Valtari (Steamroller), was issued in May of the following year. Following up quickly, Sigur Rós took their sound in a darker, more aggressive direction with their seventh album, Kveikur, which found them boldly pushing their soothing sound in unsettling directions. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Valtari

1. Eg Anda

2. Ekki Mukk

3. Varuo

4. Rembihnutur

5. Daudalogn

6. Vardeldur

7. Valtari

8. Fjoger Piano

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Track List: Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do

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Track List: Agaetis Byrjun

1. Intro

2. Svefn G Englar

3. Staralfur

4. Flugufrelsarinn

5. Ny Batteri

6. Hjartad Hamast

7. Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa

8. Olsen Olsen

9. Agaetis Byrjun

10. Avalon

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Track List: Brennisteinn (Single)

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Track List: Isjaki (Single)

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Track List: Rafstraumur (Cyril Hahn Remix) (Single)

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Track List: The Rains Of Castamere (From The HBO Series Game Of Thrones - Season 4) (Single)

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Track List: Óveður (Single)

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LOL at MooMoo007! You mind is so closed, it's a like a cheap hotel safe, and there's nothing in it but pizza and football. Take your 'Murica and go elsewhere. Remember that the rest of the world doesn't think like you.
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Best band ever!! I'm obsessed.
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Follow me if u like Jonsi and/or Sigur Ros!!!!
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(Even if the cover is really... Weird.)
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Don't judge a book (or in this case album) by its cover. They're great!
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This is so bad and they have naked boys on their cover art. This is child molester music.
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I've finally found out what style of music they are! They're Contemporary ! Look up the song: Oceans (where feet may fall) (reloaded) by Hillsong to get a example of Contemporary music. Listen to the similarities !
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This band has changed my life! I just feel different and connected while listening. Amazing work!
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I am going to play and show this band to my son and daughter who are learning how to play piano.
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Makes me tense and nervous
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In concert? Scary...that good.
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Ethereal, untouchable sound. My all time favorite band.
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This makes me want to play piano...
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sherman92003
Discovered them when my 3 year old son played one of their songs on you tube as he was scrolling and I heard the most relaxing music while dozing in and out. Searched the history and been hooked since. One of the best bands out there.
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Feels relaxing ��
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Very quickly became a favorite - very quickly.
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Go Iceland! Ridiculously talented and Jónsi has the voice of an angel.
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My all time favorite band. Incredibly talented and mind blowing in concert.
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One of the greatest bands of all time.
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This band put on one of the most impressive live shows I have ever seen! Unbelievable use of light and visuals (movies, images...etc ) that enhance their songs. Each is almost like a story with a live soundtrack. A truly mesmerizing and lasting experience worth seeing!
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pulga1974
Hugh fan since 1996. So many Big and Small bands inspired by their sound. Please continue to make music.
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donnafay1189 6
BIGGGG FAN!
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Some of the songs are sad
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mikeredm
They rock, they roll and they growl all wrapped in...noises that we may not recognize, at least, at first.
What else do we need??
Hardnails
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man oh man
what a brilliant song
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lifeofficial 3 2 3
Almost 10 years since I first discovered them in middle school and their just as amazing now as I first heard them. And being in a band I know how hard it is to do that. Cheers. And much love.
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Bae
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how did I now find you until now??? my world is better thanks.
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One of the better things to have happened by this human race.
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My favourite album by them is Takk...
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Did anyone else notice that Sigur Ros was mentioned in If I Stay?
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My favorite music to listen to when trying to go to sleep. My son has grown to know this as his nigh night music.
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@tidwellingt o n: Noice? Noice noice, noice! NOOOOOICE!!!
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An artist makes something out of nothing. Sigur-Ros is the example that true artist still exist however rare.
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Nice very eclectic
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desiiredesti i n y 2 3
I use it to meditate to be able to tolerate my pain&I appreciate you as an artist soo much THANK YOU
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Vanilla sky...
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love this band!
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awesome best Icelandic band!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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NOICE! NOICE!
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They make really good music. I listen to it everywhere especially when I'm pooping and need to relax my bosom.
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priscillalee 9 8
I freaking love sigur ros.
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I love Svefn G Englar! My fav...please play in Cali!!!!
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:')
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music2760
Discovered these guys by accident about 15 years ago. Their music was so beautifully overwhelming that I sat their in stunned silence, playing their album again and again. Musical enlightenmen t . And they've kept producing beautifully crafted music.
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maiiam923
Still my favorite.
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music from my home planet...mak e s me...cry...y e a r n
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priscillalee 9 8
That moment when a bands too good to share ♥
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Thank you Kopel :) I have found my heaven
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