Sigur Rós Readying New LP, Confirm Departure of Kjartan Sveinsson

Sigur Rós Readying New LP, Confirm Departure of Kjartan Sveinsson
We already knew that Sigur Rós will be making it over to North America this year for some tour dates, and it looks like the band could be showcasing some new tunes on the trip, having announced plans for a new LP.

The band confirmed that they're currently working on their seventh full-length effort through their website. A short trailer, which you can see down below, reveals a decidedly noisier soundscape of percussive clanks, symphonic elements, and a fuzzed-out, downtrodden bass melody. Visually, it's a Technicolor blanket of artful live clips.

Sigur Rós further confirmed plans of the album on a Reddit chat earlier today (January 24), but didn't offer details beyond the fact that they're focusing on the impending song cycle between tour dates. While it has yet to receive a title, the band is imploring people to tweet the tag #SR7 to spread awareness of the album.

While the LP plans are scant, Sigur Rós did reveal on the chat that founding member and keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson has quit the band, leaving the act as a trio. "He said he spent half his life in the band and it was time to do something different," they posted, adding later "There will be changes yes, but not only because Kjartan has left. We always try to evolve and make things interesting."

Canadian fans may get another chance to see the act this year too, with Sigur Rós admitting that, on top of those previously announced stops in Toronto and Montreal this March, they're trying to sort out the details of a Vancouver appearance. In the meantime, you can check out some newly added dates in Asia and Europe over here.

Sigur Rós' last LP was 2012's Valtari.