Svefn-g-englar

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"Svefn-g-englar"
Single by Sigur Rós
from the album Ágætis byrjun
Released 27 September 1999 (1999-09-27) (UK) [1]
Format CD, 12"
Genre Post-rock, ambient
Length 10:04 (album)
9:16 (single)
Label Fat Cat
Smekkleysa
PIAS
Producer(s) Ken Thomas
Sigur Rós singles chronology
"Svefn-g-englar"
(1999)
"Ný batterí"
(2000)
Ágætis byrjun track listing
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Svefn-g-englar"
  3. "Starálfur"
  4. "Flugufrelsarinn"
  5. "Ný batterí"
  6. "Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm)"
  7. "Viðrar vel til loftárása"
  8. "Olsen Olsen"
  9. "Ágætis byrjun"
  10. "Avalon"

"Svefn-g-englar" (SVEBN-gayng-glahr) is a song by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, from their second album, Ágætis byrjun.

Overview[edit]

"Svefn-g-englar" was released as a single in 1999, with two studio recordings — "Svefn-g-englar" (Icelandic pun "sleepwalkers" or "Sleep angels") and "Viðrar vel til loftárása" ("good weather for airstrikes"), both from Ágætis byrjun — and two songs recorded live at the Icelandic Opera House in Reykjavík — "Nýja lagið" ("new song"), which was never recorded in studio, and "Syndir Guðs" ("God's sins"), from the group's first LP, Von. The single was the first UK release for the band, issued on Fat Cat Records in 1999.[2] On its release, it was named "Single of the Week" in NME.[3] In 2001, it was re-issued, in the United States, on PIAS records.[4] The single is available both on compact disc and 12 inch vinyl, with somewhat different selections of tracks.

The music video for "Svefn-g-englar" was directed by August Jacobsson.[5] The video features a group of teenagers with downs syndrome.

In Media[edit]

Track listings[edit]

CD version[edit]

  1. "Svefn-g-englar" (single edit) – 9:16
  2. "Viðrar vel til loftárása" – 10:13
  3. "Nýja lagið" (live at the Icelandic Opera House, June 12, 1999) – 9:28
  4. "Syndir Guðs" (live at the Icelandic Opera House, June 12, 1999) – 5:46

12" version[edit]

  1. "Svefn-g-englar" (single edit) – 9:16
  2. "Viðrar vel til loftárása" – 10:13
  3. "Veröld ný og óð" – 3:29

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