Sigur Ros

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Sigur Ros at Bonnaroo '08 / Photo by Lucy Hamblin
WRITTEN BY
Dane Smith

Who? Formed in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1994, Sigur Ros released one critically acclaimed album (along with an LP of remixes the following year) in their homeland before going international with the release of Ágætis Byrjun in 1999, which quickly catapulted them onto the radar of American and European music fans. The album also earned the band an opening gig for Radiohead the following year, and songs from Ágætis Byrjun later appeared in a number of movies and television shows, including Vanilla Sky and Life Aquatic.

Sigur Ros returned with ( ) in 2002 and Takk..., the band's most straightforward album to date, in 2005. Their latest effort, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, hits stores today (June 24).

What? Dreamy and atmospheric, Sigur Ros are masters of ethereal soundscapes supported by bouncy rhythms and singer Jon Thor Birgisson's trademark falsetto. With a gift for crafting both lush, orchestral arrangements and dark, minimal tracks, Sigur Ros are an exceptionally climatic musical experience. Lyrically, the band sticks chiefly to their native Icelandic tongue, with the exception of 2002's ( ), which was sung in Vonlenska, a language phonetically similar to Icelandic. Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, however, features the band's first-ever English language track.

Fun Fact: Sigur Ros was named for singer Jon Thor Birgisson's younger sister Sigurrós who was born the same day the band formed.

Stream the entirety of new album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust here.

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