The year ahead for Sigur Ros

If you haven’t heard the music of Sigur Ros, you’re really missing out. I would rank them as my second favorite band (Sufjan is currently seated in first place) and they put on the best concert I have ever been to. This weekend they annouced their plans to release a number of projects in the next 8-10 months. I couldn’t be happier! Here’s the rundown:

hlemmur DVD+CD. eta – july 2007.

the 2002 film and soundtrack together
in a double release package. the release will contain all new artwork with a
lengthy booklet drawn by the band.

new EP. eta – august
2007.

tracks: von (new version), salka, lagið í gær, rokklagið. lagið í gær and rokklagið will have different titles as these were only working titles. the release will include a new live video as a bonus, with footage from the upcoming DVD release.

live DVD. eta –
october 2007.

sigur rós on the road: the as yet untitled DVD of last summer’s iceland
tour. the DVD is being finished by dean deblois, an animation filmmaker who
wrote mulan and directed lilo & stitch. he’s also a sigur rós fan. the
concert footage is going to be tied together with a narrative and some short
interviews/voiceovers with the band, plus footage of iceland in general. it’s
going to be a live DVD but with a lot more to offer than just concerts. in
september the film will be premiered in a cinema in reykjavík, possibly in other
cities as well.

acoustic LP. eta – october 2007.

full-length album of acoustic songs. the band has written a lot of new acoustic songs
likely to be included on the album, other likely contenders are acoustic
reworkings are ágætis byrjun, starálfur, von, heysátan, samskeyti, vaka
and njósnavélin. the band will begin recording the acoustic album next month in
a summerhouse in the 300-person town of flateyri.

odin’s raven magic DVD+CD. eta – january 2008.

the complete orchestral piece odin’s raven magic
in concert on DVD and CD. the music has been mixed and is currently being
mastered now by a classical music expert. the film footage
itself is being edited as well. i think the recordings are from the 2004
concert in paris.

I’d better start putting money away now!

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