Sigur Ros Tickets
Sigur are an Icelandic post-rock band with melodic and classical elements. The band was formed in 1994 with drummer Agust, who retired after the release of the second album to be replaced by Orri. The band is known for its ethereal sound. After the release of their second album, Sigur Ros promptly became one of the most critically hyped bands in recent memory, and was called as "the first vital band of the 21st century" and "music at its most basic, and most advanced."
Sigur Ros offers a decidedly "sountracky" sound, as do so many bands loosely associated with the term "post-rock." It is hard to imagine what sort of movie their music would be the soundtrack to, but it would definitely be something "melodramatic," full of bombast and operatic fury. Sigur Ros has claimed that they will change music and the way people think about music forever, but, in short, they have done no less than anoint themselves the new saviors of rock and roll.
Well, the facts are in and it seems that Sigur Ros's detractors are right on every count. And yet, this music is somehow so wonderful. These complex and intelligent musicians find a way to build layer upon layer of sound, heavy strings, unidentifiable electronics, horns, flutes, room tones, feedback, piano, bowed guitars, regular guitars, ambient natural sounds, Birgisson's wailing, swooping, kite-like nonsense voice -- in a way that feels majestic and soaring, like a cathedral, but without the weight of a terrene structure. And, just as important, they know how to strip away those layers to just a single element or two, creating surprisingly quiet, poignant moments amongst all the celestial symphonics. These epic compositions truly feel like, silly as it sounds, castles made of clouds.
Sigur Ros is an incredibly pretentious band. But hell, The Beatles were an incredibly pretentious band. So was Led Zeppelin. Same goes for such past and present greats as The Kinks, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Radiohead, and so many others. So what? Thank God there are bands out there willing to run the risk of being perceived as pretentious. If not for the Sigur Roses of the world, all music would be an exercise in excruciating dullness.
Icelandic post-rock band. Their music should appeal to those who like Brian Eno, The Cocteau Twins, Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Line up: Guitar and vocals, Jon or Birgisson; Bass guitar, Georg Holm; Drums, Orri Pall Dyrason; Keyboards, Kjartan Sveinsson.
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