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Rock? New Age? Post-rock? Trippy? Progressive? Psychedelic on Xanax? Or something even more alien? Sigur Ros’ second album has retained the same extra-terrestrial quality since its release in June 1999. Like with shoegaze, layer after layer of the Reykjavík collective’s light electro creates a unique hypnotizing effect, similar to the echoes featured in Brian Eno’s work. But under the guise of an experiment lab for the mad scientist, Agætis byrjun ("a good beginning" in English) marries real songs with solid harmonic constructions. Whether it’s the impressive falsetto and heady chorus of Svefn-g-englar, the refined violins of Staralfur or the faux-jazz with a touch of trip-hop in Hjartao Hamast, Sigur Ros’ magnum opus is just one gorgeous idea after the next. This 20th anniversary edition celebrates the shock to the senses that this album truly is; in addition to the remastered album, it includes a 1999 live performance at the Islenska Operan as well as a number of demos. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Intro
00:01:36

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

2
Svefn-g-englar
00:10:06

Holm, Composer - Georg Hólm, Writer - KEN THOMAS, Producer - Sigur Ros , Producer, MainArtist - Agust Aevar Gunnarsson, Writer - Jon Thor Birgisson, Writer - Kjartan Svenisson, Writer - Orri P. Dyrason, Writer

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 Krunk

3
Starálfur
00:06:46

J T Birgisson, Composer - K Sveinsson, Composer - G Holm, Composer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson, Composer

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

4
Flugufrelsarinn
00:07:47

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

5
Ný batterí
00:08:10

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

6
Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm)
00:07:10

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

7
Viðrar vel til loftárása
00:10:17

Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Arni & Kinski, Video Director

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

8
Olsen olsen
00:08:02

J T Birgisson, Composer - K Sveinsson, Composer - G Holm, Composer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson, Composer

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

9
Ágætis byrjun
00:07:55

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

10
Avalon
00:04:02

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

DISC 2

1
Intro (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:05:05

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 2002 KRUNK

2
Von (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:07:44

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

3
Syndir guðs (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:05:47

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

4
Flugufrelsarinn (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:09:07

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

5
Olsen olsen (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:06:07

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

6
Ágaetis byrjun (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:07:33

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

7
Viðrar vel til loftárása (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:08:32

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

8
Svefn-g-englar (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:09:26

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

9
Ný batterí (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:05:58

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

10
Nýja lagið (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:09:29

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

11
Hafsól (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)
00:15:21

Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

DISC 3

1
Svefn-g-englar (Live at Popp í Reykjavík, 1998)
00:11:50

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

2
Starálfur (Original Speed Version)
00:06:26

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

3
Flugufrelsarinn (1998 Demo)
00:08:47

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

4
Ný Batteri (first mix)
00:07:06

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

5
Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm) (1995 Demo)
00:09:16

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

6
Viðrar vel til loftárása (Alternative Ending)
00:11:04

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

7
Olsen olsen (1998 Demo)
00:07:26

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

8
Ágætis byrjun (1998 Demo)
00:08:02

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

9
Hugmynd 1 (1998 Demo)
00:06:58

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

10
Hugmynd 2 (1998 Demo)
00:04:02

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

11
Hugmynd 3 (1998 Demo)
00:09:50

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

12
Debata mandire (Live at Laugardashöll, 1999)
00:03:48

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

13
Rafmagnið búið (From Ný batterí EP, 2000)
00:06:00

Sigur Ros , MainArtist

© 1999 KRUNK ℗ 1999 KRUNK

Album Description

Rock? New Age? Post-rock? Trippy? Progressive? Psychedelic on Xanax? Or something even more alien? Sigur Ros’ second album has retained the same extra-terrestrial quality since its release in June 1999. Like with shoegaze, layer after layer of the Reykjavík collective’s light electro creates a unique hypnotizing effect, similar to the echoes featured in Brian Eno’s work. But under the guise of an experiment lab for the mad scientist, Agætis byrjun ("a good beginning" in English) marries real songs with solid harmonic constructions. Whether it’s the impressive falsetto and heady chorus of Svefn-g-englar, the refined violins of Staralfur or the faux-jazz with a touch of trip-hop in Hjartao Hamast, Sigur Ros’ magnum opus is just one gorgeous idea after the next. This 20th anniversary edition celebrates the shock to the senses that this album truly is; in addition to the remastered album, it includes a 1999 live performance at the Islenska Operan as well as a number of demos. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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