Sigur Ros books quick US tour ahead of new album
Atmospheric alt-rockers Sigur Ros have lined up a few US dates this month behind the forthcoming release of the band's latest studio effort.
The Icelandic group, which finished a brief run of Mexican dates last week, has plotted the shows around its June 14 appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN. The mini-run will kick off tomorrow (6/11) in Omaha City, NE. Details are below.
The band also has a full schedule of European dates laid out over the summer, complete details for which are posted at the Sigur Ros website.
Due in stores June 23, "Med Sud i Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust" (English translation: "With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly") is the band's fifth studio album, and follows 2005's "Takk...," which was certified gold in the UK and sold more than 30,000 copies in the US during its first week in stores.
Despite the unwieldy title, the disc is the group's first to feature a song performed in English ("All Alright.") The album was co-produced by the band with veteran producer Flood (U2, Smashing Pumpkins) and recorded in New York City; London; the band's hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland; and Havana, Cuba.
The album's track "Ara Batur," described in a press release as the "largest musical undertaking in the band's career," was recorded live in one take and features the London Sinfonietta and the London Oratory Boy's Choir, making for a total of 90 performers playing at the same time.
Last year, the group released "Hvarf-Heim," a 2-CD compilation album containing studio versions of previously unreleased songs, and the live DVD "Heima," which documents the group's 2006 tour of Iceland.