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Sigur Rós

688 Ágætis byrjun by Sigur Rós

Ágætis byrjun

Fat Cat, Smekkleysa
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Ken Thomas

The second album Ágætis byrjun by Sigur Rós showcases an ethereal and otherworldly sound unlike any of their post-rock contemporaries

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"Ágætis byrjun" by Sigur Rós was released in 1999 but didn't get proper attention until touring with Radiohead in 2000. The Icelandic post-rock band's sophomore album is lead by Jónsi Birgisson's haunting falsetto vocals partially in Hopelandic, a nonsensical language created by the band, is unlike anything from the time period. The album blends ambient, classical, and rock elements, creating a dreamlike and cinematic atmosphere. Each track is like it's own mini-movie, exploring a new sonic landscape that evokes everything from blissful euphoria to introspective melancholy. Hailed as a landmark album that pushed the boundaries of experimental music, the band employ a mix of classical orchestration and modern electronic elements, creating a one-of-a-kind cinematic and atmospheric experience.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Starálfur
  • 21:14 - Svefn-g-englar
  • 25:33 - Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm)
  • 45:06 - Olsen Olsen
  • Outro - Ný batterí

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