Icelandic band Sigur Rós has been around since 1997, which means they’ve had loads of time to establish themselves in the music industry. They’re best known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals, bowed guitars and the use of classical and minimalistic aesthetic elements in their music. The band was named after Jonsi’s little sister, Sigurrós Elín, and if that isn’t poetic enough already, Sigur Rós is loosely translated as “Victory Rose”.
The last album they released was Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaustin 2008. The band has been on a hiatus since then, but in November last year, they released a DVD and double CD of live performances titled Inni directed by Vincent Morisset. The masters of surreal sound are back with Valtari, which is scheduled for release on 28 May this year! In the meantime, get carried away with their first official single off Valtari, ‘Ekki Múkk’.
Don’t expect to be able to understand anything Jónsi sings, it’s meant to be “gibberish vocals that fit into the music”. Basically, it’s a nonsense language, but it sounds like northern lights, if northern lights were interpreted as music. It’s pretty damn beautiful.
Watch the video for ‘Ekki Múkk’ below. Click here to keep updated on Sigur Rós news.