live shows since 2008…
Sigur Rós has announced a North American trek which will see the
band playing major summer festivals in addition to their own headlining shows,
will be in support of their forthcoming sixth studio album, Valtari, released on May 29th, 2012 on XL Recordings. The first
track from Valtari, entitled “Ekki
múkk,” is now streaming on the band’s website – www.sigurros.com. Tour dates are listed
Valtari – whose English translation is
“steamroller” – is Sigur Rós’s first studio album since 2008’s acclaimed Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, 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 Rós’s
steady yet unconscious migration towards public acceptance.
Drawing from pieces of music that were began as far back as 2002, as well as
long hours spent experimenting in the studio, Valtari is a work of
incredible depth, grace and cohesion
– and from Sigur Rós, we would expect nothing less.
a tour as a core four-piece at the end of 2008, the upcoming shows in North America will feature up to eleven people on stage.
PA @ Skyline Stage at The Mann
Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park
Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Toronto, ON @
Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Montreal, QB @
Osheaga Festival Musique Et Arts
@ The Paramount Theater
Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheatre
Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever