Out of an explosion of terrifying industrial noise, through a murky haze of retro-tinged monochromatic texture, Sigur Rós emerge in an enigmatic teaser for a new project dubbed INNI.

In case that arresting grind of gears and aggressive cacophony don’t square you away, you’re treated to film of the band playing and more-characteristic, lullaby-like tunes.

It remains extraordinary to me what a phenomenon Sigur Rós and, via bandmates, Jónsi have become. These Icelandic maestros have made all manner of sonic experimentation wildly popular, bringing their moody, sometimes-cinematic, meandering compositional genius around the planet.

Some music I like, personally, is very unpopular. Some makes Stereogum – like Sigur Rós. And in this case, I’m excited for a new release. (Most readers are betting, and I agree, on a live concert video release. If it all looks like this, that’ll be just fine.) Strip away the visibility, the artiness of a particular band, and to me Sigur Rós’ members have represented some vitally important musical imagination in recent years. You?

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  • I like the second half of the video.  It will be interesting to see what direction they go next.  In my humble opinion they peaked at "( )" and are on a steady decline from there.  But we shall see.  It would be very difficult to top "( )", in that they seemingly explored the best of their musical color spectrum on that album.  And the results were magnificent and gorgeously alien to this planet.

    That being said, I think these days Sigur Ros are on that Radiohead path to a, "we're just another band after all" spectacle and "we would rather fool around making strange noise with electronics than write exceptional songs" kinda existence.   And hell we all like our toys to wank on.  Sometimes it's difficult to resist nob twiddling long enough to actually write a decent and strong song.  … ….Either way, there are far worse bands out there.  

  • Rozling
  • This is reminiscent of the DVD Supersilent released years ago.
    Also, Mr. Tuley why does music have to be about "songs"? What is wrong with creating atmosphere? Plenty of great music leaves you to float in your own headspace without need for lyric/verse/chorus/verse/solo. Musique Concrete has a been around longer than Rock and Roll.

  • Brian Tuley

    I love music concrete and unconventional structure more than anything.  It's just I hope they play off each others musicianship foremost, and then color the pallet with the electronics as a garnish per say.  Melodic musicianship first, and then the electronic manipulations to top it all off.  That's what I hear on "( )" and hear less of on prior works.  It's just my opinion.  One of many which I hope are completely diverse.

  • Haven't really paid attention to them since Takk ( a letdown compared to ( ) ). Honestly all I hear during the first few moments of the video are recycled phrases from over their career and cellw bow on guitar feedback. I guess your point was that this is taking elements of Musique Concrete mainstream, but haven't so many others tried to do that before from Bowie to Waits? I have liked Sigur Ros in the past, but I just do not hear anything new here.

  • Steve

    It's worth noting that the "industrial" part is actually a live version of the outro to Svefn-g-englar, the first track off the Agaetus Byrjun album.

  • Peter Kirn

    Yeah, it is sounding like this may be a live performance video project or some such. That said, taking together Sigur Rós and Jonsi, lots of good stuff has happened. Yes, they're all "just a band"; that was the point.

  • Random Chance

    I didn't even know that Sigur Ros still existed. Like others here I did not pay attention since ( ) and never really regretted it because there is so much wonderful music out there that is not convential in one way or the other. But I probably just don't get the (one?) premise of the article, that the so-called mainstream should know be informed about so-called non mainstream music by people who from some suitable point of view really do transcend those two categories and do not feel trapped in either of the "worlds." That's probably all good and well because it worked for me, mostly the other way around. I listened to what people around me called strange and sometimes funny while they were into the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or Sigur Ros (to oversimplify). Anyway, it's probably good to have more people know about stuff that is a little odd.

    But with all the talk about musique concrete and other forms of music that predate much of what is done today, musically and technically, how about a "series" about the people in whose symbolic shadow we stand today (sorry, could not resist)?

  • vuk

    you gonna give us some music or what?
    after such long wait? teasers are ok when you put out stuff, but it's been a long time- look at the dates on your website.

  • I like the way this was shot. And I have always appreciated the way Sigur Ros creates lush harmonies with piano, voice, and bowed guitar. A very unique approach and somewhat classical in nature. Almost like a Chamber group. Jonsi's solo stuff is quite beautiful as well. Iceland in general has a unique niche in the music world. Bjork, Sigur Ros, and Mum are still some of my all time favorite and innovative musicians.

  • Michael

    This is, almost certainly, a live album or DVD from their London concert a few years back.  

  • Charles

    Jonsi turned up on another music forum a couple years ago asking for help with some music gear and when people tried to assist him he turned into a complete dickhead.

    So personally, I couldn't care less what the fuck Sigur Ros does or does not do.

  • Jonathan

    Charles, how do you even know that was him?  Learn to be suspicious of the Internet.

  • name

    this is lame

  • I know I pop up on this thread late, but I can provide some input here.
    First of all, Michael is right. This is a video of their last concert before their indefinite hiatus. That's been confirmed.
    Also, to Charles, Jónsi is too shy to be a dickhead. I don't really know him personally, but all my encounters with him have been very friendly. So I suspect internet confusion.
    Anyway, I'm not sure if Sigur Rós will come out of hiatus anytime soon. I think this Inni (icelandic for "inside", if anyones wondering) film is just one way of getting something out there for fans desperately begging for more. They all seem to be content going their separate ways, either with their new families or, in Jónsi's case, a promising solo career leading to scoring movies and such (the latest Cameron Crowe movie, "We bought a zoo", will apparently be scored by him). But, I might be wrong. Maybe there are some grand comeback plans in the making.
    …and if you're wondering, I'm not an obsessive fan or their personal friend or anything, even though I've bumped into them on occasion. I just live in a country that blows up every bit of news related to local artist's foreign successes (whether small or big, real or fake), so all this information seeps in effortlessly.

  • Ev

    Can anyone tell me what the name of the song (or piece of music) in the second part of the trailer is? Dying to know.