The band’s new album, Valtari, is out now.
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Sigur Ros’ new album, Valtari, will be out May 29. Until then, you can stream the whole thing on NPR.
Sigur Ros is releasing a new album, Valtari, on May 28. The album will have eight tracks, and premiering today on the Icelandic band’s website is the nearly eight-minute track “Ekki Múkk,” with a minimalist but pretty video to accompany. Expect the swells you’ve come to know and love from Sigur Ros.
Details on the website are few, but it does have a quote from Georg: “i really can’t remember why we started this record, i no longer know what we were trying to do back then. i do know session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up…did give up for a while. but then something happened and form started to emerge, and now i can honestly say that it’s the only sigur rós record i have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it.”
With all that shimmery, greenish water and ship in the distance, I keep expecting the potato-faced (or drum-faced?) woman from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea to emerge from the water in this video.
In what was thought to be an “indefinite hiatus,” Icelandic icons Sigur Ros and French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (of Arcade Fire’s Mirror Noir fame), recently released a new film, Inni. Juxtaposed with 2007’s Heima, Variety has described Inni as a “haunting, emotion-drenched . . . soul-stirring fusion of joy and heartache . . . usher[s] the listener into a state of near-celestial rapture.” In addition to the film, the band has self-released a double live album (from their Krunk label) in multiple formats that you can find here.
Inni has now been shown or booked for over 100 screenings in 22 countries worldwide, including film festivals in Venice, New York, Reykjavik, Athens, Vancouver, Istanbul and Taipei. Columbus will now also be a part of this celebration of music and cinema, with tickets now on sale for a screening at the Wex on November 30th at 7pm.
If you’ve not been in the loop about recent news from the band, check out the recent Wall Street Journal article where they discuss new music and the news page on their website, which is continuously kept current.
This video just appeared on the Sigur Ros website:
New album? New tour? New something. Speculation, between.
There has been so much folk music released over the last few years, but so much of it can be lacking in substance or just not seem quite sincere enough. Then along comes a gem like Ólöf Arnalds, who reminds you just why you appreciate the genre. She proves to be honest and brave while unveiling tales that are eloquently simple.
Arnalds (former member of Icelandic “folktronica” outfit múm) is currently touring on her second release, Innundir Skinni. It’s reinforced with some Icelandic magic courtesy of production by Sigur Rós’s Kjartan Sveinsson, and it also features a track with Björk. Her debut solo release Við Og Við was released in 2007 (only in Iceland) and has just reached the states this year. Arnalds is a well-trained musician, having studied both the violin and classical vocals for 14 years (almost half of her life). She’s truly set herself apart from the pack with her solo career. Imaginatively permeating and sweetly bewitching, she’s been compared to the likes of Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush.
It’s incredible that a music community as small as Iceland’s never ceases to produce music that is capable of transcending time. Satisfy your curiosity about this enchanting woman and her music as she adorns the Wexner’s Performance Space tonight at 8pm.
There’s not much that makes me happier than seeing incredible live acts work their way through Columbus. On that note, I’m pleased to announce the news of Jonsi‘s solo performance at The Newport on Saturday, November 6th.
He released his debut solo album Go this past April and has been touring on it since. Though I’ve never had the chance to see Sigur Ros live, Jonsi’s New York show on May 8th at Terminal 5 was honestly one of the best shows both aesthetically and musically that I’ve ever seen. If you’re a fan of the record, be sure to also pick up a copy of his full length DVD, Go Quiet, in which he performs the entire album unplugged.
He will be supported by Mountain Man. Despite the name, the band is actually comprised of three Vermont women (Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath) whose harmonizing and instrumentation combine to create a mellow, euphoric sound. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster July 31st. Mountain Man video after the jump. Continue reading
Jonsi‘s debut album comes out April 6, and here’s the first video:
I just bought tix to see him perform live in New York in May. Complete tour dates after the jump. Continue reading