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Sigur Ros

Kveikur (10th Anniversary Reissue)

    Kveikur is the seventh album by Sigur Rós, originally released on XL Recordings in June 2013. Completely out of print worldwide, the album will now be re-released on the band’s own label, Krunk. Described by the band as “more aggressive” than any of their previous work, Kveikur – which means ‘fuse’ or ‘candle wick’ in the band’s native Icelandic – is heavier, both thematically and sonically. All of the lyrics are sung in Icelandic rather than the wordless “Vonlenska” (Hopelandic) as on ( ), providing a more grounded experience.

    NME - 4/5 - “Sigur Rós are at their blackest and most sinister, sounding not so much reborn as in the ferocious throes of an almighty exorcism.”

    Sigur Rós

    ( ) - 20th Anniversary Remaster Edition

      ( ) - Sigur Rós’s celebrated third album, and for many the most quintessentially “Sigur Rós” record, hits its 20th anniversary on October 28th 2022. The album has been remastered by legendary mastering engineer Ted Jenson at Sterling Sound.

      Originally released back in 2002 the CD has been reissued as a double and for the first time ever includes a disc of rarities and B-sides.

      ( ) is the only album where Jónsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. A desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music extends to each of the album’s eight songs, all of which are nameless. The record is broadly divided into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album is light and optimistic, the second half bleak and melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of Untitled #8 – the closing song of every Sigur Rós show since it was written in 2000.

      ( ) was recorded at the band’s own studio Sundlaugin, in Mosfellsbær outside Reykjavik, in 2002, co-produced by the band with Ken Thomas, who also helmed their breakthrough second album, Agætis Byrjun.


      TRACK LISTING

      Untitled #1
      Untitled #2
      Untitled #3
      Untitled #4
      Untitled #5
      Untitled #6
      Untitled #7
      Untitled #8

      2CD Bonus Disc:
      Untitled #9 (smaskifa 1) 
      Untitled #9 (smaskifa 2) 
      Untitled #9 (smaskifa 3) 
      Untitled #7 (jacobs Studio Sessions)
      Untitled #8 (jacobs Studio Sessions) 
      Untitled #6 (jacobs Studio Sessions) 

      Sigur Rós

      Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust - 2021 Reissue

        Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust is Sigur Rós’ fifth studio album which was initially released in 2008 via EMI and XL Recordings. Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust, produced by the band and renowned producer Flood, was recorded in New York, London and Havana. The album was written, recorded and toured all within 12 months – a first for the band that often laboured for years over their previous records. Completely out of print worldwide Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust will now be re-released via the bands own label, Krunk. BBC ‘Sigur Rós remain in a wonderful universe of their own Guardian ‘glistening with glacial cool’ 4/5 Rolling Stone ‘the band achieves a new unity in variety here, winding from near-glam romp and fireside-folk warmth to slow-climb grandeur”.

        TRACK LISTING

        Gobbledigook
        Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
        Góðan Daginn
        Við Spilum Endalaust
        Festival
        Með Suð Í Eyrum
        Ára Bátur
        Íllgresi
        Fljótavík
        Straumnes
        All Alright

        Jónsi

        Without Remorse

          Jónsi releases his latest score, for the new Amazon Original movie Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, starring Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner- Smith and Jamie Bell, directed by Stefano Sollima. The score is 23 tracks of pure action, adrenaline and anxiety.

          “For one whole year Jónsi has devoted himself to finding the soul of Without Remorse,” says Sollima. "The complexity, sophistication and elegance of his composition adds incredible depth to the story”.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Aleppo
          2. Sniper
          3. Hallway
          4. Say Her Name 
          5. Jail
          6. Campfire 
          7. Vaseliev
          8. Arlington 
          9. Welcome Home 
          10. Death Follows Me
          11. SCIF
          12. Barents Sea
          13. Zodiac
          14. Murmansk
          15. Rykov
          16. Swim
          17. Exfil
          18. True Patriot
          19. Rooftop
          20. Stairs
          21. Aftermath
          22. Potomac
          23. Funeral

          Alex Somers

          Siblings 2

            Musician, composer, producer and visual artist Alex Somers releases his debut album Siblings in tandem with his other debut album Siblings 2 on April 16th 2020. Two double albums housed in a beautiful single sleeves Siblings and Siblings 2 have been a long time coming, being written between 2014-2016.

            Siblings and Siblings 2 have 13 hauntingly beautiful, impressionistic tracks apiece, the records draw on the composer’s main musical interests - film composition, ambient, post-classical, post-rock and electronica - combining grandeur and intimacy, broad brushstrokes and subtle detail, minimalism and maximalism.

            A known composer Somers has worked on an already prolific amount of film and TV music, such as Captain Fantastic, Honey Boy, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth, Audrey, Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana and (with Sigur Rós) the Black Mirror episode Hang The DJ on Netflix. In parallel, Somers built a studio where he recorded the likes of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Julianna Bardwick, Death Vessel and Damien Rice, and continued with his own recordings. Remarkably, given his vast experience, Siblings and Siblings 2 are the first albums under his own name.


            Alex Somers

            Siblings

              Musician, composer, producer and visual artist Alex Somers releases his debut album Siblings in tandem with his other debut album Siblings 2 on April 16th 2020. Two double albums housed in a beautiful single sleeves Siblings and Siblings 2 have been a long time coming, being written between 2014-2016.

              Siblings and Siblings 2 have 13 hauntingly beautiful, impressionistic tracks apiece, the records draw on the composer’s main musical interests - film composition, ambient, post-classical, post-rock and electronica - combining grandeur and intimacy, broad brushstrokes and subtle detail, minimalism and maximalism.

              A known composer Somers has worked on an already prolific amount of film and TV music, such as Captain Fantastic, Honey Boy, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth, Audrey, Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana and (with Sigur Rós) the Black Mirror episode Hang The DJ on Netflix. In parallel, Somers built a studio where he recorded the likes of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Julianna Bardwick, Death Vessel and Damien Rice, and continued with his own recordings. Remarkably, given his vast experience, Siblings and Siblings 2 are the first albums under his own name.


              Sigur Rós

              Odins Raven Magic

                Composed in the 14th or 15th century Odin’s Raven Magic is an Icelandic poem in the ancient Edda tradition (Edda - a term that describes two Icelandic manuscripts of which together are the main sources of Norse mythology and Skáldic poetry) its anonymous author clearly had an intimate knowledge of the Edda literature and mythology which alludes to a number of pagan motifs which are now lost. The poem recounts a great banquet held by the gods in Valhalla while they were absorbed in their feasting, ominous signs appeared that could foretell the end of the worlds of the gods and men.

                The album 'Odin’s Raven Magic' is an orchestral collaboration between Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir which premiered 18 years ago at the Barbican Centre, London and is now finally - almost two decades later - being released. The performance honours the poem, dramatic and beautiful, classical with a modern strike. A stone marimba was built especially for the performance by Páll Guðmundsson.


                TRACK LISTING

                Prologus
                Alföður Orkar
                Dvergmál
                Stendur æva
                Áss Hinn Hvíti
                Hvert Stefnir
                Spár Eða Spakmál
                Dagrenning

                Sigur Ros

                Takk - Vinyl Reissue

                  Critically acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós reissue Takk… on their own label Krunk. Their award winning highly lauded 4th studio album features the singles and fan favourites Glósóli, Hoppípolla and Sæglópur. Pressed on 2 x 12” and including a single sided etched 10” this beautifully packaged record is composed of a debossed gatefold sleeve with a single die cut page that holds the 10”. Takk… has been out of print for over a decade in the UK and is sold out world-wide. The record went Platinum in the UK and gold in the US.

                  Takk… - Sigur Rós’s fourth album and the one where they finally got happy, albeit in their own inimitable and deeply inscrutable, north Atlantic way. This is the record that gave the world ‘Hoppípolla’, a song which cemented Sigur Rós’s reputation for being the go-to band for anyone wanting a sense of wonderful possibility in their film/TV show. The record also harboured moments of definitive Sigur Rós drama in singles Glósóli and Sæglópur, and high beauty in Sé Lest and Svo Hljótt.

                  Takk…. - which means “thank you” in the band’s native Icelandic - quickly became the band’s biggest selling album around the world, fuelled by Hoppípolla’s usage in the BBC’s Planet Earth nature series. Sung in a mixture of Icelandic and the wordless Hopelandic, Takk… was recorded by the band with producer Ken Thomas in 2005 at their Sundlaugin studio in the Icelandic countryside. The vinyl record comes packaged on 2 x 12-inch, plus 1 x one-sided etched 10-inch single. The album artwork is the original debossed and die-cut sleeve, with printed inner bags, all done to the band’s exacting specifications and pressed on heavy weight vinyl.


                  Jónsi

                  Shiver

                    Shiver is the exciting and beautiful second record from LA-based Icelandic musician Jónsi. Recorded in Berlin, Reykjavik, London and Suomenlinna and available exclusively on heavy weight vinyl for the indies.

                    Not too long ago Jónsi was traveling through London, where he met up with iconoclastic producer A.G. Cook, who he admired for his boundary-breaking work with the PC music collective. He had no expectation for the meeting, but the more they talked, the more he realized they might be perfect collaborators. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Jónsi says. “I get tired of everything really easily. I always want things to be fun and exciting and fresh, and doing another album...I just wanted to have a different approach.”

                    Jónsi had made a career on sweeping music that plumbed the depths of the human experience and our connection to the natural world. Cook’s production exists at the opposite end of the spectrum: synthetic, sometimes abrasive, and often on the cutting edge of experimentalism. On paper, their collaboration is surprising, but Shiver is a beautiful record that pushes Jónsi’s otherworldly voice into startling new territories.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: As frontman of Sigur Rós, Jonsi has been responsible for some of my favourite moments in music of the last 20 years. While things have definitely changed for his solo material (aside from 'Riceboy Sleeps' with partner Alex Somers, which was a very gorgeous ambient affair), this retains the slo-mo ambient aesthetic we've come to know him for, but imbued with some of the more upbeat moments from his previous outing, 'Go'.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Exhale
                    2. Shiver
                    3. Cannibal (with Liz Fraser)
                    4. Wildeye
                    5. Sumarið Sem Aldrei Kom
                    6. Kórall
                    7. Salt Licorice (with Robyn)
                    8. Hold
                    9. Swill
                    10. Grenade
                    11. Beautiful Boy

                    Jónsi

                    Go - Red Vinyl Reissue

                      Sigur Rós front man Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson released his debut album ‘Go’ in 2010. Jónsi initially though he would be making a low-key, acoustic album until, as he says, "somewhere along the line, it just sort of exploded." that explosion resulted in sheer aural fireworks, not a straight ahead pop record, nor rock, folk, ambient or electronic, it encompasses all of these to create an expansive musical palette that’s been brought to life by Jónsi alongside a number of free-spirited collaborators including the Philip Glass protégé Nico Muhly and the percussive genius of Samuli Kosminen.

                      Met with great critical acclaim Go is out of print and will be repressed on exclusive transparent red vinyl and released on Sigur Rós own record label, Krunk.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Go Do
                      Animal Arithmetic
                      Tornado
                      Boy Lilikoi
                      Sinking Friendships
                      Kolnidur
                      Grow Till Tall
                      Around Us
                      Hengilas

                      Sigur Rós

                      ( ) - Vinyl Reissue

                        ( ) - Sigur Rós’s celebrated third album, and for many people - especially in US where it remains their biggest selling work - the most quintessentially “Sigur Rós” record of their career to date. It is the only album where Jónsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. A desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music, extends to the eight songs, all of which are nameless. The music is broadly divided into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album being lighter and more optimistic, and the second half bleaker and more melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of Untitled #8, the closing song of every Sigur Rós show since the song was written in 2000.

                        ( ) was recorded at the band’s own studio Sundlaugin, in Mosfellsbær outside Reykjavik, in 2002, co-produced by the band with Ken Thomas, who also helmed their break through second album, Agætis Byrjun. Completely out of print, the vinyl album now comes in its full Grammy-nominated artwork, including die-cut sleeve and spot UV varnish inner bags. 


                        TRACK LISTING

                        Untitled 1 (Vaka)
                        Untitled 2 (Fyrsta)
                        Untitled 3 (Samskeyti)
                        Untitled 4 (Njósnavélin)
                        Untitled 5 (Álafoss)
                        Untitled 6 (E-Bow)
                        Untitled 7 (Daudalagid)
                        Untitled 8 (Popplagid)

                        Alex Somers

                        Honey Boy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

                          Honey Boy OST by Alex Somers. Beautiful and transcendent soundtrack to accompany the Shia LaBeouf written and Alma Har'el directed Honey Boy.



                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A

                          1. Honey Boy (Feat. Zach Shields) / 2. Apologize / 3. A Good Day / 4. Where You Come From / 5. Blood Family / 6. Treehouse / 7. Without A Net / 8. Play The Tape Out / 9. Blackout

                          Side B

                          1. A Mirror Behind You / 2. Save Yourself / 3. Fair / 4. Mother Fell Out Of A Window (Feat. Zach Shields) / 5. Real World / 6. None OfIt's Real / 7. Trust Me Honey Boy / 8. I Want You To Be Here (Feat. Zach Shields) / 9. You're A Fucking Star (Feat. Zach Shields) / 10. A Violent Act / 11. All I Ever Wanted

                          Frakkur

                          2000 - 2004

                            Frakkur was the artist name Jónsi used for his experiments in electronic music. Working on his own, either at home in Reykjavík, in hotel rooms on tour with Sigur Rós, or later at his boyfriend’s house in Boston, Jónsi spent endless hours diving into then-new bits of kit and programming, having fun and seeing how far he could push things.

                            The legacy is three collections of work totalling 25 tracks collated into one triple album - each made a year or so apart, under slightly different circumstances and with different equipment.

                            The oldest, 2000-2001, was made on Jónsi’s first PC laptop, named The Tank for its unwieldy size. The second, 2002-2003, was made in his small flat in the middle of Reykjavík, where he set up his first home studio in a cupboard, so that it could be packed away at night. The final part of the Frakkur trilogy, 2003-2004, was made in Cambridge, Mass. in breaks of Sigur Rós touring. His partner, Alex Somers, had by then introduced Jónsi to the programme Logic, and this he coupled with a Yamaha VSS-30 toy keyboard to sample his voice in what he describes as a spontaneous and exciting process.


                            Sigur Rós

                            22° Lunar Halo - Reissue

                              Music from throughout Sigur Rós’s career, twisted, bent, broken, and finally added to in the band’s Rey-kjavík studio, to create a new perspective for a dance piece of the same title initiated and created by Taiwanese choreographer CHENG Tsung-Lung. Musical director Kjartan Holm.

                              Originally released on Record Store Day, 22° Lunar Halo returns with new artwork, reversed in colour and printed in special ink

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side A
                              1. With Arms And Legs Moving, The Tell Tales

                              Side B
                              1. They Glow In Light, Like Coloured Glass

                              Sigur Rós

                              Variations On Darkness - Reissue

                                A score of high Nordic drama drawing on unreleased Sigur Rós material and multi-tracks from the band’s catalogue. Premiered at Norđur Og Niđur Festival, to soundtrack performances from the Icelandic Dance Company. Arranged by Valdimar Johansson, choreographed by Erna Ómarsdóttir. Originally released on Record Store Day, Variations on Darkness returns with new artwork, reversed in colour and printed in special ink. 

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Side A
                                1. The Hungry Ghosts, We Live In An Old Chaos Of The Sun

                                Side B
                                1. The Silence Of Animals, The Truth Is It Wanted To Cave In

                                Georg Holm And Orri Páll Dýrason From Sigur Ros

                                CIRCE

                                  Original Soundtrack to a BBC documentary film called „The Show of Shows” (to be screened by BBC next year)

                                  Two-thirds of Sigur Rós, bass player Georg Holm and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason, have teamed up with Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Sigur Rós touring guitarist, and Georg’s brother, Kjartan Holm to create an uninterrupted 72-minute instrumental album inspired by 100 years of archive footage of vaudeville, circuses and carnivals.

                                  A pulsating work throughout, the 14 track album, which has been made to accompany the forthcoming BBC documentary film The Show of Shows, was written and recorded at Sigur Rós’s new studio space in Reykjavik, and features contributions from the celebrated South Iceland Chamber Choir. 

                                  Sigur Ros

                                  Inni

                                    Sigur Rós will self-release their ambitious new live album and film ‘Inni’ on 7th November. It will be released on the band’s own Krunk imprint in all territories around the world except American and Japan where it will be released on XL and Hostess respectively. ‘Inni’ could be described as either the first-ever Sigur Rós live album, or second live film (the follow up to 2007’s acclaimed Iceland tour film ‘Heima’). In fact, it’s both: a 75-minute film and 105-minute double live album of the band captured in full flow at the close of their last tour in November 2008, here housed in one single package.

                                    Filmed at London’s Alexandra Palace over two nights by director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s ‘Miroir Noir’), the film ‘Inni’ would best be described as the anti-‘Heima’. Whereas that film took a band about whom the world knew little, and placed them in the cultural, social and geographical context of their homeland (with winning and humanising results), ‘Inni’ strips away everything save the raw performance of the four musicians themselves. Where ‘Heima’ was widescreen and open, ‘Inni’ is close and single focussed.

                                    This is intentional. For a while ‘Heima’ was successful at “explaining” Sigur Rós, it was less so at communicating what it actually feels like to “watch’ Sigur Rós perform. That is the job of ‘Inni’. In order to accomplish this goal, Morisset has taken his time and employed a number of different analogue post-production techniques to create an emotional understanding of being inside the room and going ‘inside’ the music. (‘Inni’ literally means ‘inside’).

                                    Unlike many concerts, watching Sigur Rós is seldom a communal experience; it is instead almost claustrophobically inward looking and intense. By almost entirely removing the crowd and any sense of place, Morisset brings you closer than ever to the players, using multiple camera angles to reveal in sometimes minute close up the concentration and effort involved in delivering such a powerful rock show.

                                    Originally filmed on HD digital, ‘Inni’ was first transferred to 16mm film and then projected and re-filmed, again on 16mm, sometimes through glass and other objects to give a strong impressionistic look, a feat accomplished with the help of Godspeed You Black Emperor’s live visual collaborator Karl Lemieux. The film was then meticulously pieced together by ‘Heima’ editor Nick Fenton, who chose to break up the flow with unexplained archive footage, including interview and concert material from before the band’s exposure to the wider world at the tail end of the last century. It’s worth mentioning also that the film has only one song in common with ’Heima’ (the closing ‘Popplagid’) and that it draws for the most part on the darker end of the band’s material. The double live album by contrast, covers the entire Sigur Rós spectrum over its hour-and-three-quarters duration, played in the same order as on the night. Mixed by Sigur Rós house engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, ‘Inni’ the album stands as the definitive Sigur Rós live recording to stand against the welter of bootlegs available across the web.

                                    The performance captures the band playing as a stripped down four-piece for the first time since they were joined by string section Amiina at the start of the decade. This boiling down makes ‘Inni’ a forceful and primal proposition, much at odds with the popular misconception of the band as purveyors of emotional heft for film-makers and television programmers in need.

                                    The album features 15 tracks, with songs taken from all five of their studio albums. There is also the bonus of an unreleased studio track in the form of ‘Luppalagid’, which is used both over the credits of the film and as the ultimate track on the album

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    CD1:
                                    01. Svefn-g-englar
                                    02. Glósóli
                                    03. Ný Batterí
                                    04. Fljótavík
                                    05. Vid Spilum Endalaust
                                    06. Hoppípolla
                                    07. Med Blódnasir
                                    08. Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
                                    09. E-Bow

                                    CD2:
                                    1. Sæglópur
                                    2. Festival
                                    3. Hafsól
                                    4. All Alright
                                    5. Popplagid
                                    6. Lúppulagid (bonus Track)

                                    DVD: ‘INNI’ FILM TRACK LIST

                                    1. Ny Batterí
                                    2. Svefn-g-englar
                                    3. Fljótavík
                                    4. Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
                                    5. Sæglópur
                                    6. Festival
                                    7. E-Bow
                                    8. Popplagid
                                    9. Lúppulagid

                                    ‘INNI’ FILM BONUS TRACKS

                                    1. Glósóli
                                    2. Við Spilum Endalaus
                                    3. Hafssól
                                    5. All Alright


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