From their sixth studio album Valtari, everybody’s favorite band Sigur Rós released the track “Ekki múkk” together with an accompanying music video directed by Jónsi’s sister Inga Birgisdóttir. The track is a seven minute experience that threads fans into the signature Sigur Rós sound of dreamy augustness in terms of instruments and vocals. Thoroughly moving and sad, “Ekki múkk” is not a far cry from their past singles, still capable of sensitive nudges in our hearts in its sudden rise and fall. The music video is stark in its simplicity featuring a steady shot at the sea with a boat crossing a length screened by sepia green effects overlapping from what seems like stars or glimmering waters. The band posted an MP3 in their Soundcloud page which you can stream below. Valtari arrives May 28, 2012. Posted at the band’s website is a description by the band’s bassist Goggi Hólm discussing a short anecdote about the album:
“i really can’t remember why we started this record, i no longer know what we were trying to do back then. i do know session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up…did give up for a while. but then something happened and form started to emerge, and now i can honestly say that it’s the only sigur rós record i have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it.”
*If you want to download an MP3 of “Ekki múkk,” there’s one floating in the interwebs here.