Here’s a casting call I didn’t see coming: Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós are scheduled to appear in season four of HBO’s A Game of Thrones, according to Entertainment Weekly. Apparently show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are both big fans of the band. There are little to no details regarding what the band will be doing on the show. For all I know, this might just be a good excuse for Weiss and Benioff to hang out with their favorite band for the day. (Not that I wouldn’t do the same thing in their position. Anyone know if M83 might be interested in appearing in my the YouTube epic that I have suddenly made up just now for this specific reason?)
If you’re unfamiliar with Sigur Rós, then I’ve got good news: They’re freaking awesome, and you’ve just discovered one of your new favorite bands to just chill out with. (Well, those guys and the aforementioned M83, between those two I’ve got my “lying in the dark listening to my music on headphones with my eyes closed” needs met.)
Sigur Rós formed in Reykjavík, Iceland in the late nineties. The band is named after band vocalist and guitarist Birgisson’s sister, Sigurrós, who was born the same day the band formed. (Sweet, huh? What a big brother!) It’s hard to describe their music, but adjectives like dreamy, ethereal and atmospheric would do it justice. They’re known for sometimes singing in something they call Hopelandic, a made-up language that they say allows the listener to decide on his or her own what the songs are about. Not all of their songs are in Hopelandic, but If you don’t speak Icelandic then you may not be able to tell the difference between them! (If you’re interested, here are a few words in Icelandic to give you a feel for what the language sounds like.)
Sigur Rós has released over half a dozen albums, and if their music sounds familiar it may be because their songs have been used in movies (“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”, “Vanilla Sky” “The Children of Men”, etc.), television programs (“24”, “CSI”) and commercials for years. They’re one of those bands that you may have heard even if you aren’t aware of it.
Even if Sigur Rós turns out not to be your thing (WHAT?) you may still be interested in hearing them just to know what kind of music is inspiring the creative minds behind the show: