Sigur Rós Bring Ambient Dream Pop to the Garden on Monday NightMarch 22nd, 2013
Jónsi Briggson (vocals and guitar) and Georg Hólm (bass) formed the ambient post-rock band Sigur Rós with a third member—who’s since been replaced by Orri Páll Dýrason (drums)—almost 20 years ago. They originally signed with Bad Taste, owned by the Sugarcubes, another Icelandic band. And the Reykjavík dream-pop group’s first taste of international acclaim came with the release of their second album, the strings- and falsetto-filled Ágætis Byrjun, thanks in part to word of mouth and Internet hype. Despite continuing to release new music and tour the world, Sigur Rós took a brief hiatus to have some family time and to work on solo projects. That time apart served them well, though, because they’ve since returned with a vengeance and a new album, last year’s abstract, majestic Valtari (stream it below), their sixth. They play Madison Square Garden on Monday night with an 11-piece band. Trust us: This will be a spectacle you won’t want to miss.