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Hear “Lila,” A Song From Sigur Rós’ Circus-Themed Circe Project

The non-Jónsi members of Sigur Rós have been composing a soundtrack for the upcoming BBC documentary, The Show Of Shows. The documentary compiles 100 years of archival footage of circuses, carnivals, and vaudeville acts, and so the soundtrack, which was recorded in Sigur Rós’ Reykjavík studio, is an attempt to mirror the sounds of those… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 22, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Sigur Rós Members Releasing 72-Minute Instrumental Inspired By Vaudeville, Circuses, And Carnivals

Sigur Rós bassist Georg Holm, drummer Orri Páll Dýrason, and touring guitarist Kjartan Holm have partnered up with Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson for a 72-minute instrumental album that was inspired by a century’s worth of archive footage from vaudeville, circuses, and carnivals. The composition is called Circe, and was commissioned by BBC to soundtrack… More »

By: James Rettig / July 7, 2015 - 11:32 am

30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the ’90s? The ’80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

By: Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015 - 1:24 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of April 2014: Fargo, Mad Men, Game Of Thrones, & More

Chances are you’ve read some TV writer or another analyzing just how different this time of year is than it used to be. April used to be when everything was winding down, and now you have heavy-hitters returning and newcomers popping up alongside each other, accompanied by previews for what’s yet to come in the… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 30, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Watch Sigur Rós’s Game Of Thrones Cameo

Last night’s episode of Game Of Thrones ended with Sigur Rós’s version of “The Rains Of Castamere,” a song that tends to play on the show when some serious shit is either about to go down or just did go down. If you ever find yourself in Westeros and the opening strains of “The Rai… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 14, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Sigur Rós – “The Rains Of Castamere” (Game Of Thrones Cover)

Tonight’s Game Of Thrones is a must-watch, not only because of some huge events that take place but also because Sigur Rós will be scoring some of said events. Their version of traditional Westeros folk song “The Rains Of Castamere” (which was previously… More »

By: James Rettig / April 13, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Death Vessel – “Ilsa Drown” (Feat. Jónsi)

Rhode Island folker Joel Thibodeau, who records as Death Vessel, has a new album called Island Intervals coming early next year. The first track he’s shared from it is called “Ilsa Drown,” and it features a guest vocal from Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, whose clear and high and ethereal tone matches his own. While the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Sigur Rós To Appear On Game Of Thrones

There was a time many winters ago when the sign that a band had “made it” was to get an appearance on The Simpsons. But that was a long time ago, and now it seems like more and more bands are heading over to Westeros to get some respect. According to EW, Sigur Rós are… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

Sigur Rós – “Stormur” Video

The video that I saw for Sigur Rós’ “Stormur” will not be the video that you see for the track. It won’t be the video any of my co-workers sees or any of the rest of the Stereogum community checks out. The band has set up a website that collects videos from Instagram with the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 6, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Stream Sigur Rós’ FACT Mix

Sigur Rós were featured at a recent Boiler Room in Berlin where they appeared as their DJ alter egos Triple Nipple. For the party, the promised no “wall-to-wall, hair-tossing post-rock” or “glacial soundscapes of awesome dimensions” but Baltimore club, minimal hip-hop, and dubstep, among other things. FACT Mag has enlisted them for their most recent… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Sigur Rós Albums From Worst To Best

Back in 1999, the year Sigur Rós released their international breakthrough, Agaetis Byrjun, Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson wrote the following mission statement on his band’s website: “We are not a band, we are music … We are simply gonna change music forever, and the way people think about music. And don’t think we can’t do… More »

By: Ryan Reed / June 28, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Watch Sigur Rós’ Live Boiler Room DJ Set

Sigur Rós are DJing right now for the Berlin edition of Boiler Room. Here’s what they had to say about what to expect from the set:

a word – and perhaps a warning – about sigur ros & friends ‘triple nipple’ boiler room dj set tomorrow. this is not going to be wall-to-wall,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Stream Sigur Rós Kveikur

We’ve already heard three songs from Sigur Rós’s Kveikur — “Brennisteinn,” “Ísjaki,” and the title track (and they’re all very good) — and now we can stream the album in full. Kveikur doesn’t hit stores till next week, but today, Amazon is streaming the whole thing. Go here to hear it; share your reactions i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 11, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Sigur Rós – “Kveikur” Video

Icelandic sprites Sigur Rós get uncharacteristically visceral on their new album Kveikur, and this morning, we get to see the video for that album’s title track. After “Brennisteinn,” it’s the second track from the LP to get a video, and it’s honestly not much of a video. Rather, the band has just shared the footage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013 - 9:26 am

Sasquatch! 2013 Saturday: Sigur Rós, The xx, Tame Impala, & More

As day 2 of Sasquatch! began everybody, from fans to bands to tech, seemed to be adjusting to the swing of things. It was a little warmer, and there was no rain in sight. After walking through a camping area set up with afternoon beer pong and a car blasting “Same Love,” I finally got… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 26, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Watch Sigur Rós Play Leno

Sigur Rós have a new album out soon via XL, Kveikur, out internationally on June 17 and in the US June 18. Last night the band stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to play the album’s title track. Check it out below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 25, 2013 - 11:58 am

Watch Sigur Rós On The Simpsons

Earlier this month, we learned that Sigur Rós would guest on, and provide music for, an episode of The Simpsons entitled “The Saga Of Carl,” one that involves Homer’s friend Carl returning to his homeland in Iceland. We also learned what they’d look like. Well, last night, the episode aired, and Sigur Rós were indeed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013 - 9:02 am

See What Sigur Rós Looks Like On The Simpsons

Today on the band’s website, Sigur Rós posted details about an upcoming episode of The Simpsons that they scored. In addition to featuring new, original music by the band, the episode also features a Sigur Rós version of the Simpsons’ theme song. The episode airs on May 19th. Check out what the band looks like… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 4, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Sigur Rós To Appear On The Simpsons

Sigur Rós will join the ranks of Bands That Have Appeared On The Simpsons for the show’s two-part season finale starting 5/19. The group has composed music that will soundtrack part of the show, and it has been rumored that they will also be drawn in. The episode will take place in their native Iceland,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 3, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Sigur Rós – “Ísjaki” Lyric Video

Sigur Rós is gearing up to release LP Kveikur in June and here is “Ísjaki,” our second helping from the record. It comes with a lyric video featuring an ominous hooded character, a total dichotomy with the swoony, energetic track. It’s a conundrum! But a lovely one. It’s no wonder that the band is so… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 24, 2013 - 4:40 pm
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