Icelandic dream-rockers Sigur Rós have been on hiatus since 2008, only giving us frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s solo album Go and the forthcoming live double-CD/DVD INNI to keep us occupied since then. But in a new interview, we learn that they’re back to their old beauty-crafting ways.
The Wall Street Journal recently visited the band in their Icelandic studio, where they’ve been at work for a while. Right now, they’re planning to release an as-yet-untitled LP in the spring. Birgisson calls the new album “floaty and minimal.” And while “floaty” is an adjective that could conceivably be applied to just about any Sigur Rós album, “minimal” sure isn’t. Bassist Goggi Hólm, meanwhile, calls the album “introverted,” and drummer Orri Dýrason calls it “an ambient album” with “a slow takeoff toward something.” The Journal’s Jim Fusilli, meanwhile mentions hearing a track with choral voices and, possibly, a pipe organ adding to the general uplift. These all seem like very good reasons to start getting excited.
Meanwhile, at the band’s Facebook page, you can watch the first 10 minutes of INNI, out 11/15, in exchange for like.