Just a musical post today. It’s not because I’m lazy (which is often the case with musical posts), but because I really love this band and want you to know it. I’ve incorporated the band’s music and images into past posts, but never given the group appropriate prominence.
Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, which has been active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals, and his use of the bowed guitar, the band’s music is also noticeable for its classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. The band is named after Jónsi’s sister Sigurrós Elín, who was born around the time that the band was formed.
You can go out to Wikipedia to learn more about the group, but I will tell you that it is primarily organized around three musicians: Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson (lead vocals, guitars, bowed guitar, keyboards, harmonica, banjo, bass guitar), Georg “Goggi” Hólm (bass guitar, glockenspiel, toy piano, keyboards, backing vocals), and Orri Páll Dýrason (drums, percussion, samples, keyboards). But as you see from the videos below, the group often consists of touring members and at least two ensembles, as well as special groups.
Since I first saw it, I have been particularly partial to the video below—but that is because I think that belief in achieving the impossible is such an important aspect to survival in a hostile world:
Here are a couple more videos which will give you an idea of the extensive productions which go into this band’s remarkable music:
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