Agaetis Byrjun

Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros
Released: Jan 2000
Label: Fatcat Records
When this album came out in 2000, no one anywhere sounded anything like Sigur Ros. Heck, their frontman sings in his own made up language ("Hopelandish") and plays his guitar with a violin bow. Combine that with atmospheric keys and ironclad bass lines for a liquid sound that doesn't so much rock as course. "Svefn-G-Englar" was the deserved hit, but the brass band that shows up for "Olsen Olsen" is equally epic. This is music to listen to while sailing your Viking ship home from battle.
Garrett Kamps
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