The Elgar Sisters

The Elgar Sisters was an Icelandic duo formed by singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir and composer Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson in 1984. The Elgar Sisters coexisted with Kukl, another group they were part of.

The origin of the duo’s name dates back to the recording sessions when engineer Mel Jefferson named the duo after English composer Edward Elgar.
From 1984 to 1986 the duo recorded 3 songs at Hjóðriti and 8 songs at Grettisgat studios (which later turned into Sýrland) which are known as The Elgar Sessions.

Nine songs were composed by Guðlaugur, one by Björk and one by the band. Besides Guðlaugur on electric and acoustic guitars and Björk as vocalist, some of the songs featured other musicians: Sigtryggur Baldursson (drums), Birgir Mogensen (bass), Einar Arnaldur Melax (keyboards), Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (keyboards, percussion), and Þorsteinn Magnússon (guitars).
Some of the lyrics were taken from Dauðaljóðin (The Death Poems), a poetry book written by guitarist Þór Eldon Jónsson.

With the break-up of Kukl by mid 1986, the Elgar Sisters project was suspended, or up until the solo careers of Björk and Guðlaugur commenced.

Recorded songsEdit

Year of recording Title Music Performers Featured On
1984 Critical Mass1 G. K. Óttarsson Björk, G. K. Óttarsson,
Siggi Baldursson, Birgir Mogensen
and Einar Melax
1984 Patré G. K. Óttarsson & Björk Björk, G. K. Óttarsson,
Hilmar Ö. Hilmarsson,
and Þorsteinn Magnússon
1985 Dense Time G. K. Óttarsson Björk, G. K. Óttarsson,
Siggi Baldursson, Birgir Mogensen
and Einar Melax
1985 Horizontal2 G. K. Óttarsson & Björk Björk, G. K. Óttarsson,
Siggi Baldursson, Birgir Mogensen
and Einar Melax
1985 Zymphony G. K. Óttarsson G. K. Óttarsson
1986 Glóra Björk Björk 1993 - Big Time Sensuality (One Little Indian), single by Björk.
1986 Stígðu Mig G. K. Óttarsson & Björk Björk and G. K. Óttarsson 1993 - Venus as a Boy (One Little Indian), single by Björk.
1986 Síðasta Ég G. K. Óttarsson & Björk Björk and G. K. Óttarsson 1993 - Big Time Sensuality (One Little Indian), single by Björk.
1986 Quintessence G. K. Óttarsson & Björk Björk, G. K. Óttarsson
and Hilmar Ö. Hilmarsson
1986 Sue G. K. Óttarsson Björk, G. K. Óttarsson,
and Þorsteinn Magnússon
1986 Green G. K. Óttarsson, Björk,
Siggi Baldursson, Birgir Mogensen
and Einar Melax
G. K. Óttarsson, Björk,
Siggi Baldursson, Birgir Mogensen
and Einar Melax

Track notes:
1: Renamed as “Mass” when it was performed by KUKL in 1985 with Einar Örn.
2: Also known as “Zontal” when rerecorded in 2005 for the Dense Time album.

Alternate versionsEdit

  • ”Sue”, with drums.
  • ”Síðasta Ég”, with drums and no vocals.

Featured OnEdit

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