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Sigur Rós to release new album Valtari in May

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    sigur ros valtari Sigur Rós to release new album Valtari in May

    Update: Check out the album’s artwork above, and listen to the track “Ekki Múkk” below. The band’s website has also confirmed the tracklist and a U.S. release for May 29th via EMI/XL.

    As promised, Sigur Rós will return this spring with their sixth studio album. According to this month’s Q Magazine (via the band’s message board), the LP is called Valtari and will arrive in the UK on May 28th (and presumably the following day in the U.S.)

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    Produced by frontman Jónsi, along with his partner and frequent collaborator Alex Somers, the album includes at least seven tracks, which you can find listed out below.

    In a previous interview, the band used adjectives like “ambient,” “introverted,” “floaty,” and “minimal” to describe the album’s sound. Speaking with Q, bassist Georg Hólm added that the the album lives up to its title — which translates to “steamroller” in English. “The music kind of just rolls over you. In a good way,” he explained.

    For his part, Jónsi described the album as “heavy and floaty” and said “there’s more electric stuff than before… but don’t worry, we haven’t made a dance record.” He also revealed that there will be no English lyrics.

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    In support of the release, Sigur Rós has already confirmed a number of festival appearances for this summer, including an August 3rd slot at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. According to Hólm, the band is designing its own “stage set,” for the tour.

    Valtari Tracklist:
    01. Ég Anda
    02. Ekki Múkk
    03. Varúð
    04. Rembihnútur
    05. Dauðalogn
    06. Varðeldur
    07. Valtari
    08. Fjögur Pianó

    Sigur Rós 2012 Tour Dates:
    08/03 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
    08/18-19 – Osaka and Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
    08/24 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
    08/25 – Winterthur, CH @ Steinberggasse
    08/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    08/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    08/31 – Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic 
    09/04 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
    09/05 – Ljublhana, SL @ Krizanke
    09/07 – Berlin, DE @ Berlin Festival
    09/09 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
    09/16 – Krakow, PL @ Sacrum Profanum
    09/17 – Krakow, PL @ Sacrum Profanum

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