13 years into their career, Iceland's Sigur Rós have become one of the world's biggest cult bands. While details of the musicians behind the music remain almost deliberately sketchy, what they have created over the course of four albums has become quietly ubiquitous; defying genres to find fans in almost every musical niche. They remain almost a byword for non-conformity and the artistic rewards to be had from obdurate anti-commercialism...only with great melodies.
The members of Sigur Rós are Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson (vocals, guitar), Georg “Goggi” Hólm (bass), Kjartan “Kjarri” Sveinsson (keyboards/guitar) and Orri Páll Dýrason (drums). They have released four studio albums, including “Von,” “Ágætis Byrjun”, and “Takk…”; their third album, released in 2002, has no title. They released 'Heima", a film of their 2006 Icelandic tour last year, along with a companion compilation 'Hvarf/Heim'.
Live On Stage:
If you dig Radiohead and weird atmospheric rock then go check out Sigur Ros - their music just sort of makes sense for the late night slot they'll be playing. Here they are doing Hoppipolla on Later with Jules Holland...
Here's the Icelanders with Glosoli...
Few more to check out...
Untitled #1 (Vaka)
Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa
For more on Sigur Ros head on over to their official website.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008