Iceland’s most internationally successful band, Sigur Rós, has announced it will release a new album in May.
Sigur Rós has been on indefinite hiatus due to a variety of reasons, including lead singer Jónsi’s solo career, band members’ family-building, and a sense that the band had run its course for the time being. The new album will be their first in four years.
“Valtari” will be Sigur Rós’s sixth album and previous offerings have inspired the likes of Radiohead and Coldplay. According to Reuters, the new album is 54 minutes long and has eights tracks.
The new album is said to be reminiscent of the 1999 experimental, lilting, haunting “Ágætis Byrjun”, which catapulted the band to fame in international music circles and ensured global airplay for their more radio friendly releases over the next eight or so years.
Georg Holm, the band’s bass player, said in the Sigur Rós press statement about the new album that it nearly did not get released, because the band could not complete it to their satisfaction: “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.”