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Sigur Rós announce plans for new album, preview a new song

on January 24, 2013, 5:47pm

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Sigur Rós is in the middle of a Reddit AMA right now, answering questions about their new, perhaps untitled, eighth studio LP, which the band would like to see trend as #SR7 (no love for the Hlemmur OST I suppose).

Responding from a studio in Los Angeles, the Icelandic outfit stated that they are working on the album now, which will see a release sometime this year.

To go along with the news, they’re previewing a new track on their official site. It appears to be a studio rendition of “Brennisteinn”, which they initially debuted last year at a hometown gig in Iceland. By far it’s the heaviest, gnarliest thing they’ve issued since their debut album Von – and even then it doesn’t really compare. Listen to the preview below.

Here are some more updates to mentally note: Founding member and keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson has left the group, effectively making the band a trio. Of his departure, Jónsi Birgisson, Goggi Hólm, and Orri Dyrasson answered collectively, ”He said he spent half his life in the band and it was time to do something different.”

In related news, Sigur Rós will soon head out on an expansive world tour starting February 13th in Portugal. The full itinerary is below and tickets are available on their website.

Stay tuned for any further updates from their AMA, and get schooled on their back catalogue with Dissected: Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós 2012-2013 Tour Dates:
02/13 – Porto, PT @ Coliseum
02/14 – Lisbon, PT @ Campo Pequeno
02/16 – Barcelona, ES @ Sant Jordi Club
02/18 – Jesolo, IT @ Pala Arrex
02/19 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
02/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ HMH
02/22 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
02/23 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
02/24 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakobshalle
02/26 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
02/27 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
02/28 – Lille, FR @ Zenith
03/02 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
03/03 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
03/04 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
03/05 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic
03/07 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
03/08 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
03/09 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
03/24 – Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
03/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/26 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
03/27 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
03/29 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotia Bank Place
03/30 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Theatre Bowl
04/01 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
04/02 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
04/06 – Denver, CO @ 1st Bank
04/08 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre
04/09 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
04/10 – Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center
04/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica
04/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
05/10 – Jakarta, IN @ Istora Senayan
05/14 – Tokyo, JP @ Nippon Budokan
05/15 – Nagoya, JP @ Zepp
05/16 – Fukuoka, JO @ Zepp
05/17 – Osaka, JP @ Kobe World Hall
05/19 – Seoul, KR @ Olympic Gymnastics Arena
05/21 – Hong Kong @ Asia World Arena
06/19 – Dresden, DE @ Junge Garde
06/22-24 – Schessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/22-24 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/23 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/25 – Warsaw, PL @ Sowinskiego Ampitheatre
06/28 – St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air
06/30 – Cornwall, UK @ Eden Project
07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/14 – Joensuu, FI @ Ilosaarirock Festival
07/18 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava
07/20 – Salacrivia, LV @ Postivus Festival
08/30 – Cheshire, UK @ Jordell Bank
08/31 – North Dorset, UK @

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