Sigur R?s


Sigur R?s are an Icelandic post-rock band. The name is derived from the name of lead vocalist J?nsi Birgisson's little sister, Sigurr?s. They hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic music scene as m?m and Amiina. They released their first ever foray into film-making with their tour documentary, Heima in late 2007. J?n ??r Birgisson (J?nsi), Georg H?lm, and ?g?st ?var Gunnarsson formed the group in Reykjav?k, Iceland in August 1994. They soon won a record deal with a local record label, Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). In 1997, they released Von (Hope) and in 1998, released a remix collection named Von brig?i. The name is Icelandic wordplay: Vonbrig?i means disappointment, but Von brig?i means hope alteration. (In English, the album is sometimes known by the alternative name Recycle Bin.) International acclaim came with 1999's ?g?tis Byrjun (An alright start), for which the band were joined by Kjartan Sveinsson. The album's reputation slowly spread by word of mouth over the next two years. Soon, many critics worldwide hailed it as one of the best albums of its time and the band was playing with Radiohead and other big names. Drummer ?g?st left the band after the recording of ?g?tis Byrjun and was replaced by Orri P?ll D?rason. After the release of ?g?tis Byrjun, the band became perhaps most well known for Birgisson's signature style of playing guitar with the bow from a cello, accentuated with reverb, creating a sweeping, fluid sound that is unique for an electric guitar...

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