Sigur Rós has unveiled her new album, ata, which is digitally today (Friday, June 16). A physical release will follow on September 1st.
ata It marks the Icelandic group’s first album in nearly a decade, as well as their first new music since multi-instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson returns in 2022. It was recorded at the band’s Sundlaugin studio in Iceland, Abbey Road in the UK, and several US studios, The LP prominently features the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames and brass from longtime collaborators Prasjatipala. Paul Corley, another frequent collaborator, mixed and co-produced the album.
In a statement, frontman Jonesy said they approached the album “wanting to have minimal drumming and the music to be sparse and floaty and really beautiful. We’re getting older and more cynical so I just wanted to move us so we could feel something!”
Sveinsson added, “We wanted to allow ourselves to be a little dramatic and go too far with these arrangements. The world needs that right now. It’s hard to describe, but for me everything is always open to interpretation. People can think and feel how they want.”
ata is the appropriate follow-up to 2013 kvicor.
The band is headed out on a summer 2023 tour, which kicks off in London on June 16 and continues across Europe and North America through August; Get tickets here.