This Tuesday, one of my favorite bands will release their first ever live DVD. Sigur Ros puts on some amazing live shows and fans have been wishing for official live concert footage for awhile now. After the band completed an extensive world tour in support of their albom Takk…, they took a break and headed home to Iceland to play some shows there for their families and countrymen. They played for free in small coffee shops and large stadiums as well as outdoors in the countryside for anyone who would happen to walk by. It was this tour that was filmed and that footage will be released as Heima (which means “at home”). The film is just as much about showcasing the beauty of Iceland as it is about the music and it looks amazing.
In anticipation of this release, the band also put out a double EP entitled Hvarf/Heim which contained new studio recordings of some early material on one disc acoustic renderings on the second. This disc released early this month and I have hardly been able to pry it from my playlists.
From here, the band will head back into the studio to record their new proper LP. It sounds like they are pressing themselves out of their comfort zones a little by choosing not to record at their own “swimming pool” studio. They instead have rented an apartment in downtown Reykjavík to record in and have hired Mark (Flood) Ellis (JAMC, Smashing Pumpkins, U2, PJ Harvey, etc.) to produce the record. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this great band.
Here’s a trailer for the Heima DVD releasing on Tuesday. Hopefully my preorder ships on time!