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12 June 2023

Sigur Rós Release New Single And Video ‘Blóðberg’: Watch

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Sigur Rós have returned with Blóðberg, their first new music in more than seven years. The single is also their first release since Kjartan Sveinsson rejoined the band.

According to a press release, the orchestral Blóðberg, “potentially signposts the way to a promised new album, the band’s first in a decade” which has been rumoured to be imminent. The song features the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ames, and was mixed and co-produced by Paul Corley.

The song comes with a video directed by Johan Renck, who directed HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries along with music videos by Madonna, Robyn, Beyoncé and more. Renck says, “I feel as nihilistic as one could regarding the future. We are powerless against our own stupidities. Some aspects of this came to merge with my impressions of the themes of ‘Blóðberg.’ The music becoming a score to my own miserable thoughts, giving them beauty as only music can.”

Bassist Georg Hólm has also reflected on Sveinsson rejoining the group and his impact on the development of their forthcoming first album in 10 years, saying, “We needed a kick in the butt and for someone to say, ‘Right now we’re going to start work – here are some ideas.’” He later referred to the reunion as “a defibrillator” that “brought life back into the band. We needed focus, detail, and a work ethic. He’s an old member, but it was like fresh air.”

Blóðberg arrives ahead of a short run of Sigur Rós shows in London, Amsterdam and Hamburg this weekend backed by the 41-piece London Contemporary Orchestra. All dates are listed below.

Sigur Rós – 2023 Tour Dates

16 London, UK — Royal Festival Hall
17 Amsterdam, Netherlands — Concertgebouw
18 Hamburg, Germany — Elbphilharmonie

3 Paris, France — Philharmonie Main Hall

14 Toronto, ON — Roy Thomson Hall
16 New York City, NY — Beacon Theatre
18 Brooklyn, NY — Kings Theatre
19 Boston, MA — Wang Theatre
21 Minneapolis, MN — State Theatre
24 Seattle, WA — The Paramount Theatre
26 Berkeley, CA — The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
27 Los Angeles, CA — The Greek Theatre

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