Sigur Rós Prepping New "Ambient Album" for Spring 2012

Sigur Rós Prepping New "Ambient Album" for Spring 2012
Your 2012 just got a whole lot more ethereal. Hot on the heels of their live CD/DVD Inni, Icelandic dream weavers Sigur Rós have revealed that the recording of their next LP is well underway and the release is slated for the spring.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal [via Consequence of Sound], the band explained that they have been working in their studio Sundlaugin on the as-yet-untitled LP. Sessions began after frontman Jónsi completed the tour behind his 2010 solo album Go, and progress on the next Sigur Rós effort was initially slow. "We were recycling," admitted the singer. The band eventually found their way, however.

So what does the new material sound like? Jónsi said it's "floaty and minimal," bassist Georg "Goggi" Hólm called it "introverted," and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason called it an "ambient album" with "a slow takeoff toward something."

Don't expect the album to sound much like the band's past offerings. Keyboardist Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson said, "We've never been gimmicked into keeping our sound similar to what we did last. It's very easy for musicians to buy into that idea. It's so unnecessary."

A brief snippet of music played for the Wall Street Journal reportedly contained Jónsi's falsetto "surrounded by rich choral voices and what sounded like a pipe organ."

Stay tuned for more details to be announced in the coming months. When this LP arrives, it will be the band's first studio offering since 2008's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.