"Sigur Rós" is an Icelandic post-rock band with melodic, classical and minimalist elements. The name is Icelandic for "victory rose" and is pronounced "see oor rose", or in the International Phonetic Alphabet, although more popular (and incorrect) variations in the English-speaking world include 'sigger ross', 'sigger roy-ss', and 'sigg-or ross'. The band is known for their ethereal sound and lead singer Jónsi's falsetto. Some of the band's contemporaries include múm and Amiina; both of which hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic post-rock music scene.
Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson formed the group in Reykjavík in August 1994. Their name is taken from Jónsi's younger sister Sigurrós, who was born the same day. They soon won a record deal with a local record label, Bad Taste. In 1997, they released ''Von'' (''Hope'') and in 1998 a remix collection named ''Von brigði''. The name is Icelandic wordplay: ''Vonbrigði'' means "disappointment", but ''Von brigði'' means "hope alteration". (In English, the album is sometimes known by the alternative name "Recycle Bin".)
International acclaim came with 1999's ''Ágæ...
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|Current members||Jón Þór Birgisson|
|Past members||Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson|