Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band with classical and minimalist elements. The band is known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals and use of bowed guitar. Sigur Rós was formed in 1994 in Reykjavík, Iceland, by singer and guitarist Birgisson, bassist Georg Hólm and drummer Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson.
Sigur Rós released their debut album, “Von,” in 1997 with Smekkleysa Records. It failed to chart, selling 313 copies in its first year of release, but was certified platinum in 2005 by Iceland's record industry association.
“Von brigði” was released in 1998 and featured remixes of tracks from “Von.” Only one track, "Leit af lífi," was new to the album.
Keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson joined the band in 1998 and a year later “Ágætis byrjun” was released. It reached #1 on the Icelandic Albums chart, #17 in Norway and #52 on the United Kingdom Albums chart. Two tracks were released from the album as singles, "Svefn-g-englar" and "Ný batterí." Gunnarsson left the band after “Ágætis byrjun”and was replaced by Orri Páll Dýrason.
The group's third studio album, “( ),” was released in 2002, comprising eight untitled tracks divided by a 36-second silence. The album's title consists of two opposing parentheses; it has no other official title, though members of Sigur Rós have referred to it as "Svigaplatan" ("The Bracket Album"). The entire album is performed in Vonlenska, a constructed language of gibberish developed by the band to allow the vocals to fit the music. One single was released from “( ),” "untitled #1" (a.k.a. "Vaka").
“Takk...,” released in 2005, produced three singles, "Glósóli," "Hoppípolla" and "Sæglópur." The album reached #1 in Iceland, #4 in Italy and Norway, #16 in the U.K., and #27 in the United States. It was certified gold in Iceland and the U.K.
“Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust,” was released in 2008. It reached #1 In Icland, #4 in Ireland, #5 in the U.K. and #15 in the U.S. "Gobbledigook," "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" and "Við spilum endalaust" were released as singles.
In January 2010, the band announced that they will be on hiatus until further notice in order to pursue solo careers and to spend time with their families.