For anyone familiar with the Sigur Rós live experience, you would already know that a typical show works like a life re-affirming new dawn as singer Jonsi shakes your heart and eardrums with his indomitable range of Hopelandic howls and croons. But always among the chief remarkable moments of any of the band’s shows is the first time Jonsi strikes and rips his bow Jimmy Page style, producing a sweeping distortionary swell.
Although Sigur Rós are certainly regarded for their wide ranging sound, it would appear that something has gone seriously wrong in the band’s usually cheery world. Today, the Icelandic multi-genre rockers announced the upcoming Kveikur which will be released on June 17/18 via XL Recordings. The latest entry into the Sigur Rós canon represents a turn towards a white-hot anger, a desperate and clawing sadness that may just envelop us all if not expelled in the right manner.
The album plans came in conjunction with the premiere of the video for “Brennisteinn” which further employs the aforementioned searing bow-work to exciting and frightening new heights as Sigur Rós embrace the apocalypse with pounding drums and layers of Jonsi’s many incantations. Watch the video for “Brennisteinn” below and don’t miss the best concert you’ll see without having to understand any of the words as Sigur Rós comes to Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 25th.