New Music from Sigur Rós, Pure X And Savages

SIGUR ROS

A handful of big tracks have been released in the last fews days from forthcoming albums. The new record from Sigur Rós ‘Kveikur’ is sounding very strong, following ‘Brennistein’ we have their latest tune called ‘Ísjaki’ (I don’t even try to pronounce these things anymore!) Pure X will unveil ‘Crawling Up The Stairs’ on May 15 through Acéphale featuring the newly released third single ‘Thousand Year Old Child’. Finally, BBC Radio 6 premiered the new album cut ‘No Face’ from Savages debut LP ‘Silence Yourself’ (out May 6 UK / May 7 US via Matador). Check ‘em all out below…

 

Sigur Rós – ‘Isjaki’

SIGUR ROS

Pure X – ‘Thousand Year Old Child’

PURE X

Savages – ‘No Face’

SAVAGES
 

Sigur Rós – ‘Brennisteinn’

SIGUR ROS - 'KVEIKUR'

In January, Sigur Rós announced the departure of long-term keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson. Now a trio, Sigur Rós will release their new album ‘Kveikur’ on June 17 (June 18 USA) via XL Recordings (pre-order here). ‘Brennisteinn’ (brimstone) is the first track released from the album, check out the video below. The Icelandic vets are tipped to get more “aggressive” this time round, a reaction to their previous LP ‘Valtari’.

 
Sigur Rós – ‘Brennisteinn’

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Sigur Ros – ‘Ekki Múkk’

Sigur Ros will release their sixth record ‘Valtari’ on May 25 featuring the album cut ‘Ekki Múkk’. The first single is still on its way, consider this a tease! Since the release of ‘Inni’ last year, fans have been expecting the news. But its even sweeter given that the Icelandic post-rock vets have returned to their abstract roots. Since the release of ‘Takk’ in 2005, Sigur Ros have steadily distanced themselves from their apocalyptic beginnings. ‘Valtari’ (or ‘Steamroller’) is tipped to be a return to their early noughties best.

For more info visit Sigur Ros online.

Sigur Ros – 'Festival (Live from Inni)'

It’s been more than three years since Iceland’s Sigur Ros released their last studio album, ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ (good luck pronouncing that!) So it’s only fitting (and financially savvy) to make a comeback that reminds fans of their back catalogue.

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The live concert film and album ‘Inni‘ aims to do just that when it’s released on November 7 ( North America on November 8). The footage was shot at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2008 before their hiatus. But it won’t be all Sigur Ros classics, an unreleased tune called ‘Lúppulagid’ will be unveiled (albeit as part of the credits).

‘Inni’ will be released as a special edition to give fans a very slick Sigur Ros package complete with an “artefact from the show itself”. Initially I was confused as to what an ‘artefact’ could mean… concert aftermath isn’t usually pretty. But this week Sigur Ros confirmed that the artefact is actually a piece of a band member’s clothing that has “been painstakingly pressed (but not washed) and then cut into neat squares which have then been put into individually numbered envelopes.”

The cynic in me thinks its a shame that a band with such musical depth and world renown would enter shallow marketing waters to sell a special edition. Do we really covet cloth touched by rock gods!? But then, the realist pops out and I figure… if it takes these lengths to sell physical copies these days then so be it.

Having said that, if you’re reading this, then you were probably going to slap down the $79 regardless! So will I. If ‘Inni’ gets close to the experience of Sigur Ros’ 2007 film ‘Heima’ it will be an achievement. In the least ‘Inni’ will immortalize the magic of Sigur Ros’ live shows.

Free download of Sigur Ros‘ ‘Festival (Live)’ here or ‘Ný batterí (Live)’ here. Pre-order Sigur Ros‘ ‘Inni’ from the offical site here.

Beach House – ‘Norway’

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I’d love to go to Iceland. And no, it’s not a “I saw Sigur Ros’s Heima tour DVD and now I wanna go!” Well, maybe it is. I digress…

If you do happen to be in Reykjavik this October you can catch Baltimore ’s dream pop duo Beach House live at Iceland Airwaves Festival on October 13. Their ‘Teen Dream’ LP was arguably the most blogged about album of last year, landing on the top of many ‘best of 2010’ lists. And for good reason!

More info @ www.icelandairwaves.is / www.beachhousebaltimore.com and Beach House @ Myspace.

Sigur Ros – ‘Inni’

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Sigur Ros have unveiled a mysterious online video ‘Inni’ with no explanation…

*UPDATE* – Apparently ‘Inni’ is a Vincent Morisset directed film and new live album recorded in 2008 to be screened as part of the Venice Film Festival on August 31.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dDTAQV6mgs

So what’s ‘Inni‘? What are they building in there!? New album on the way? Given this point in their career a live, “greatest hits” album/dvd/blu-ray deal would make alot of sense (be lucrative).

But let the rumour mill run ‘Inni‘ wild. I’m putting my money on a Sigur Ros re-imagining of the Sgt Peppers album translated into Jonsi’s Icelandic Elvish? But I could be wrong.

Either way their marketing stunt has worked…dammit.

More updates on ‘Inni’ @ the Sigur Ros homepage.