Sigur Ros

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Sigur Ros is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavik, active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jonsi's falsetto vocals, and their use of bowed guitar, the band's music incorporates classical and minimal aesthetic elements. Jon Por "Jonsi" Birgisson (guitar and vocals), Georg Holm (bass) and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson (drums) formed the group in Reykjavik in January 1994. The band's name means Victory Rose. They took their name from Jonsi's younger sister Sigurros, who was born a few days before the band was formed. They soon won a record deal with the local Sugarcubes-owned record label Bad Taste, because they thought the falsetto vocals would appeal to teenage girls. The band was joined by Kjartan Sveinsson on keyboards in 1998. He is the only member of Sigur Ros with musical training, and has contributed most of the orchestral and string arrangements for their later work.

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