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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.”

    Following it’s surprise digital release, Sigur Rós’ first new studio album in ten years, ÁTTA, is their most intimate and emotionally direct record to date.

    Few bands cut through the noise and distractions of the world to bring you a pure elemental truth or feeling like Sigur Rós. As you hear on ÁTTA, there’s a new compulsion and drive to the band that comes with the new formation of the line up. Multi-instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson is back in the fold – having left the band in 2012 – to join frontman Jónsi and bassist Georg Holm.

    Recorded across multiple continents - in the band’s Sundlaugin studio in Iceland, the legendary Abbey Road in the UK and a number of studios in the US - ÁTTA leans heavily towards the orchestral, and touches on everything that has made Sigur Rós one of the most ambitious and acclaimed bands of recent times, with close to ten million albums sold, whilst signposting an exciting and expansive possibility for their future. ÁTTA prominently features the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames, alongside brass performed by longtime Icelandic collaborators Brassgat í bala. It is mixed and co-produced by another frequent collaborator Paul Corley, alongside the band.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: There are few bands that give me the feels more than Sigur Rós do, and ÁTTA is set to be their most emotionally intense outing to date. It's got a bit of the shadowy heft of Kveikur, but the majority of the sounds on show are grand, orchestral monoliths. Reversed Jonsi vox, widescreen intensity and rich string work. Classic Rós.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Glóð
    2. Blóðberg
    3. Skel
    SIDE B
    1. Klettur
    2. Mór
    3. Andrá
    SIDE C
    1. Gold
    2. Ylur
    SIDE D
    1. Fall
    2. 8

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    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

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      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

        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. 

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          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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