‘Agaetis Byrjun’ just celebrated its tenth birthday

Iceland’s Sigur Ros has put out of a bevy of difficult to pronounce but easy to listen to albums over the past tens years.  There’s a fluid, ethereal, dream-like quality to their work.  As if you’re aren’t really listening to their albums, so much as invented them in your head at night.

“Agaetis Byrjun’ is the one album I tell people to start with.  If you like that album, then surely you’ll love their other records too.  Hard to believe but the record just turned 10-years-old.  To celebrate, they have released two exclusive live performances (download one of them here) from the original record launch concert at the Icelandic Opera House on the night of June 10, 1999 – back when few people outside Reykjavik hadn’t heard of them.  What’s great is that neither of these songs appeared on the actual record.

‘Nyja Lagid’ (seen above) shows Jonsi and Co. when they really were still young, performing a song that disappeared from their set-list shortly after. It’s also one of the last tracks performed live by original drummer Gusti. Eventually, however, the audio of this live recording was featured on Sigur Ros’s, ‘Svefn-G-Englar’ EP.

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