Sigur Rós announce new album Valtari for May, prompting investigations into whale-blubber vinyl production facilities

Sigur Rós announce new album Valtari for May, prompting investigations into whale-blubber vinyl production facilities

Thanks to Consequence of Sound for mentioning what slipped out in a recent interview with list-loving Q Magazine: Sigur Rós have a new album with a shorter name than their last! The follow-up to 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (TMT Review) is called Valtari (which translates to “steamroller”) and will be released in the UK May 28 on a record label. My first guess is XL Recordings, and only the passing of time will tell if I’m as much of a “seer of things yet to be [announced]” as they say, whispered around the halls of Q Magazine.

Local xenophobes should again stay clear of this new Sigur Rós effort, as none of the lyrics will be sung in English, spelling disaster for any Americans hoping to hold office in the future when there’s an old 2012 YouTube video of them singing along to “Dauðalogn” in the tub, which roughly translates to “George W. Bush Is Still a War Criminal.” Other details on the album revealed in the interview: Valtari will be focusing on the use of electronics; Valtari will include a girls’ choir; Valtari was chosen as a title for the way, like a steamroller, “the music kind of just rolls over you,” hopefully leaving out the subsequent popping of every ligament individually and shooting arterial sprays of hot blood across the linoleum floor.

[UPDATE: listen to the album’s second track, “Ekki Múkk,” below.]

Sigur Rós are also going on tour through the Euro festival circuit this summer, with many more dates to be announced soon. The band plans to specially design the set pieces for their stage and lead singer Jónsi has pledged to give a wry, distant smile to fans at every stop. Fúkk


Valtari tracklisting:


1. Êg Anda

2. Ekki Múkk

03. Varúð

04. Rembihnûtur

5. Dauðalogn
6. Varðeldur
7. Valtari


08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.18-19.12 - Osaka/Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.25.12 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Steinberggasse
08.28.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.29.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.31.12 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.04.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
09.05.12 - Ljublhana, Slovakia - Krizanke
09.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.09.12 - Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09.16.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum
09.17.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum

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