Who Is Sigur Rós?
Sigur Ros (Victory Rose) is an Icelandic post-rock band and have been active since the early 90’s. Named in part after a sister of one of the band members, Sigur Rós was formed by guitarist and vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson, bassist Georg Holm, and drummer Agust. Sigur Rós is known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band’s music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements.
Sigur Rós – () ‘The Untitled Album’
The album’s title consists of two opposing parentheses, representing either the album’s two halves, or the idea that the album has no title, leaving the listener free to determine it. ( ) consists of eight tracks divided in half by thirty-six seconds of silence which, in concept, replicates the separation of two sides of a gramophone record. The first half of the album is “light and optimistic” musically, with a heavier emphasis on the use of keyboards than guitar, and the sampling of Jónsi’s voice. () holds a Metacritic score of 82/100 based on twenty reviews, making it one of the thirty highest-scored albums of 2002 according to Metacritic.
My Fascination with Sigur Rós – () ‘The Untitled Album’
I was first introduced to Sigur Rós in my poetry class in high school. A student teacher of mine was creating a project on a couple different Artist’s that are unknown to most, especially the American population. Sigur Rós was the musical artist she chose to introduce to us and had us watch the music video on the first track of the album (Untitled 1). The video started off in an elementary school with children playing inside the classroom. As the bell rang for recess and they lined up in single file to go outside, the teacher was checking the children for physical abnormalities. I won’t spoil the rest, but I will say that the message was so powerful that it still remains with me today.
The music itself is beautiful and I almost enjoy it more because I don’t understand the lyrics. Not understanding the lyrics to Sigur Rós allows me to focus more on the music itself, the music video, and determine my own message that they are trying to put across. I’ll be honest, it’s not your usual radio hit, but it is worth a listen and is much more enlightening than most of the music you hear today. Below are a few of my favorite tracks from the album.
Sigur Rós – Untitled 1
Sigur Rós – Untitled 3