Sigur Rós have surprise released their eighth studio album, “Átta”. The release follows that of 10-minute long single “Blóðberg” earlier this week. Physical copies will be out on September 1, and can be pre-ordered here.
Multi-instrumentalist Georg ‘Goggi’ Hólm said:
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In a post-pandemic world torn apart by war, economic turmoil, culture wars, and brutally divisive discourse, ‘Átta’ feels like a balming and unifying bond. It’s what the music asked for and spoke for itself.
This record sounds like a Sigur Rós album, but it’s more introverted than before. It’s very expansive with this sound of strings, but it looks within more than outside.
Kjartan “Kjarri” Sveinsson adds:
We wanted to allow ourselves to be a bit dramatic and go far with these arrangements. The world needs that right now. It’s hard to describe, but for me everything is always open to interpretation. People can think and feel how they want.
“Átta” is the follow-up to “Kveikur” (2013), and features contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ames.
You can check out the album below: