Sigur Rós on a Sunday morning? It’s pretty self-explanatory. The Icelandic band has always has always been somewhat of a cathedral in a musical landscape marked increasingly by steel skyscrapers. Some have made a lot out of the connection between worship and the music of Sigur Rós than have others. Personally, I have no doubt that their music moves many people closer to God. But I dislike the “you’re worship music, you just don’t know it” argument, as I think it rests on a simplistic (and ultimately false) sacred/secular divide. A more helpful approach, in my opinion, is to hear the music Sigur Rós as a prime example of an outworking of the image of God that is in every single human being.
“Svefn-G-Englar” is the second track from the album Ágætis Byrjun (1999). I especially love the radar-ping loop that becomes the backbone of the song. And, of course, their trademark bowed guitar and organ are so evocative. Enjoy.