Sigur Rós Announce New Album 'Kveikur'
Icelandic ambient-pop auteurs Sigur Rós will release "Kveikur," their seventh studio album, on June 18. It's their first release with XL Recordings and comes close on the heels of last year's top-10 set, "Valtari."
A goth-tinged video was also released today to accompany new song "Brennisteinn" and features the group -- Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason -- performing in an ashen waste of black. In it, a prisoner of some kind is ripped open to reveal glowing entrails. As horrifying as that sounds, the song itself is about as mainstream and accessible as anything the band has done.
They'll play another new song, "Kveikur," on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" tonight (March 22) and continue their world tour on Sunday at Washington, DC's Patriot Center. They play Madison Square Garden in NYC a day later.
Watch "Brennisteinn," directed by Andrew Huang:
The band's last album, 2012's "Valtari," was their only top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. It debuted and peaked at No. 7 -- but only spent four weeks on the chart. The album has sold 74,000 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Their biggest selling album is "()" with 332,000.