sigur rós have scored part of an upcoming episode of the simpsons. the episode, which will feature new, original music by sigur rós, as well as their take on the simpsons’ theme song, will air on may 19th. in the episode, entitled “the saga of carl,” homer, moe, lenny, and carl team up to buy a winning lottery ticket, but after carl snags the ticket and flees to his home country of iceland, the guys head there in hot pursuit. the band’s music scores homer’s visit to iceland, marking an unprecedented musical collaboration between the show and a band; with this episode, sigur rós have written and performed more original music for the simpsons than any other outside band in the show’s history.
says simpsons creator matt groening, “i’m a longtime fan of sigur rós, and we’re honored to bring their icelandic, ambient moods to our goofy cartoon show.”]]>
folks in germany, austria and switzerland unable to play the above can watch through vimeo
kveikur is released worldwide june 17th (18th in north america) and can now be pre-ordered on itunes. pre-orders on itunes come with an immediate download of ísjaki.]]>
directed by andrew huang. taken from the forthcoming album kveikur.]]>
we are happy to announce that our new album kveikur will be released worldwide on june 17th (18th in north america). the self-produced album contains nine tracks and is our first as a trio.
info / preorder: www.sigur-ros.co.uk/kveikur]]>
this week on the band’s tumblr we’re releasing glimpses of new live artwork in the form of animated gifs, as well as a look back at some rare live material from the vault you’ve probably not seen before.
if you’re into that sort of of thing, have a look at sigurros.tumblr.com.]]>
now, on the cusp of 2013 touring, the sigur rós are – as we write – in portugal rehearsing more new material to be unveiled across europe, the usa and south east asia. coming to a show is the only way you’re going to experience this stuff outside crappy youtube clips in the coming months. you know what to do.
matched to this is a new show looking to eclipse the band’s previous high-water marks of live presentation. new visuals, new lights and new stage set, and not forgetting a new player (welcome ingrid on viola). plus, of course, the new songs.
oh, and we are excited to announce that supporting on all european dates is the excellent blanck mass and in north america, tim hecker (dc – ottawa) and oneohtrix point never (toronto – sta barbara).
below is a preview of what to expect in 2013, featuring an (extended) snippet of new studio material.]]>
answering questions from fans, sigur rós also confirmed that kjartan has departed from the band: “yes he has left the band. he said he spent half his life in the band and it was time to do something different. (…) he wanted to do other kinds of music. good for him.”
the band also revealed a short preview of the new album and upcoming tour:]]>
edit: the full q&a is available to read here: http://redd.it/177fzp. some hightlights are below.
on may 10th, sigur rós pay their first visit to indonesia – before continuing to japan and south korea. following on from this there will be a series of summer festival appearances across europe; germany, the netherlands, poland, switzerland, united kingdom, denmark, finland, czech republic and latvia. full details are on our tour page – keep an eye on that page too for any updates or potential additional concert announcements.]]>
(feat. ekki múkk, valtari, rembihnútur & varúð)
|3||ég anda||ragnar kjartansson|
|4||ekki múkk||nicholas abrahams|
(feat. dauðalogn & varúð)
|7||seraph||dash shaw/john cameron mitchell
(feat. rembihnútur & ekki múkk)
|9||rembihnútur||arni & kinski|
|10||fjögur pínó||alma har’el|
|11||ég anda||ramin bahrani|
|14||dauðalogn||henry jun wah lee|
|15||fjögur pínó||anafelle liu|
to celebrate the opening of the new webstore, we’ve taken 20% off everything in the shop that pre-dates the current album valtari for any orders made by fri dec 7th. the only thing this doesn’t include is music, the rest is open season.
merchandise from ágætis byrjun, ( ), takk.., heima, með suð, jónsi and jónsi & alex is all available now with the discount.
promo code: SIGURMAS
the band went over all the film entries and were astounded by many of the films:
almost one thousand people (or rather, one thousand teams of people) have poured theirs hearts and souls into a bewildering variety of films that has frankly threatened to overwhelm us. wow! people have entered from all corners of the globe, inspiring us with so many and varied interpretations of the band’s music. and, without wanting to get too dewy-eyed, it really has been a humbling experience. thank you one and all for your truly amazing efforts.
everyone always says it’s hard judging stuff, but 834 films?! it’s safe to say this has been a difficult and at times divisive exercise. so much artistic endeavour! it’s impressive and not a little bewildering. but, watching in shifts, each and every film was eventually adjudged and a shortlist drawn up.
overall winner – fjögur pínó by anafelle liu, dio lau and ken ngan
people’s choice winner – dauðalogn by ruslan fedetow
runner ups and band comments]]>
for their most recent album, valtari, sigur rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same budget and an open creative brief to interpret their music. the results so far have been by turns surprising, elegiac and uplifting slices of cinema from such directing talent as alma har’el, ramin bahrani and ryan mcginley. we are delighted to be premiering a number of brand-new videos in the series from filmmakers including floria sigismondi and john cameron mitchell as well as showing the existing videos on the big screen and speaking to the some of the talent behind this most poetic of film experiments.
we’ll have more information about the nature of the evening in due course.
tickets are available now for bfi members and from the 24th of september for the general public. more details are available here.]]>
voting is open from september 12th until september 18th.
the winning video selected by the band will receive an official place – alongside all the other creative artists and directors – in the mystery film experiment pantheon showcased on the front page of sigur-ros.co.uk. additionally, the winning film maker/director will receive $5,000 cash prize.
the highest voted film maker/director will have their video featured across sigur rós youtube and social media channels, as well as receive a free merch package signed by the band.
update: the voting element of the competition is now over, for the next phase the band will chose their favourite for the overall winner.]]>