FIRST ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS OUT MAY 29, 2012
Sigur Ros will return with their sixth studio album, Valtari, on XL Recordings on May 29, 2012. The first track from Valtari, entitled "Ekki Múkk," is now streaming on the band's website – www.sigurros.com. Valtari will be released on double LP, CD and digital download. Valtari is Sigur Ros's first studio album since 2008, marking the end of their indefinite hiatus. It is either the album they always wanted to make, or the album they almost didn’t make, depending on how you look at it.
Taken together, the eight songs on this 54-minute album feel like an alternative musical path the band didn't take after 2002's untitled ( ) album. Frequently bereft of formal structures, and for large stretches of time more atmospheres than songs, the work – which the band has described as sounding "like an avalanche in slow motion" – offers a counterpoint to Sigur Ros's steady yet unconscious migration towards public acceptance.
In English, Valtari translates as "steamroller," and there is something right about the title in terms of the process of its creation. In 2011, the band, alongside mixer Alex Somers, started the painstaking forensic task of piecing together a cohesive and magical work from disparate constituent parts. If this sounds unromantic, the results are anything but. While Valtari is a more "studio based" album than any of its predecessors (which usually start life as rehearsal room jams), the long hours of experimentation and unsentimental editing have yielded incredible results.
Sigur Ros are: Jón Þór Birgisson (vocals, guitar), Georg Holm (bass), Kjartan Sveinsson (keyboards/piano), Orri Páll Dýrason (drums). Valtari was recorded by the band at Sundlaugin Studio, Mosfellbaer, Iceland.
Valtari track listing:
1. Ég anda.
2. Ekki múkk.
8. Fjögur píanó.
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