After a foray into ambient electronic music with last year’s Valtari, Sigur Rós is ready to bring their achingly beautiful music back to the masses.
Unfortunately, they will be moving forward without keyboard player and founding member Kjartan Sveinsson who, according to an Reddit AMAós_an_icelandic_band_consisting_of/ with the band in late January, has decided to leave the group and pursue other interests. According to a post on the band’s website, the band is currently in Portugal rehearsing new material for its upcoming live shows.
The tour will serve as a predecessor for the band’s upcoming album, due later this year.
Besides prepping their music, the band is also in the market of selling speciality candles. According to the band’s website, the candle replicates “the smoky, slightly briny smell of a flotsam campfire on a distant black beach under a wan midnight sun. And, most recently, the smell of Sigur Rós’s studio, while they go about the quasi-mystical business of making the magic happen. Specially developed to the band’s olfactory specifications, this candle burns for 35 evocative hours of ‘instant Iceland,’ or something like that.”