announcing the expanded limited edition boxset of ágætis byrjun
to mark its 16th birthday, a definitive, much expanded edition of ágætis byrjun is in the works for later this year. the deluxe boxset edition will feature previously unheard studio recordings and rare live versions from this pivotal period in the band’s development, as well as a welter of photographic and documentary material from their personal archives and plenty more besides. it will be a beautiful thing to behold, and the last word in completist editions of sigur rós catalogue releases.
while we are still finalising design and content – and will share with you as soon as it’s fixed – we wanted you to know about this now [as well as other expanded editions of von and ( )], since the band’s first three albums have all just become available on re-mastered, heavyweight vinyl for the first time in ages. go either look for the vinyl reissues now, or hang on for something grander still.
Two-thirds of Sigur Rós, bass player Georg Holm and dummer Orri Páll Dýrason, have teamed up with Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Sigur Rós touring guitarist Kjartan Holm to create a 72-minute instrumental album inspired by 100 years of archive footage of vaudeville, circuses and carnivals.
A pulsating work throughout, the 14 track album, which has been made to accompany the forthcoming BBC documentary film The Show of Shows, was written and recorded at Sigur Ros’s new studio space in Reykjavik, and features contributions from the celebrated South Iceland Chamber Choir.
The album will be released on Sigur Rós’s own Krunk imprint on Aug 21 on double vinyl, CD and download.
Commissioned for the BBC Storyville strand, the film will not be seen on television screens until next year. However, one off screenings are being arranged, and in the UK you can see it at Barbican cinema 1 on Thurs July 16, and Latitude Festival on Fri 17, with each showing accompanied by Q&As with Georg and Orri and the film’s producers in discussion with the author Andrew Smith.
Sigur Rós previously worked with Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson in 2002 on the 70-minute orchestral and choral work Odin’s Raven Magic, which was performed live in several locations around the world, although never released. Georg’s brother Kjartan Holm joined Sigur Ros as a touring member after the departure of Kjartan Sveinsson for their most recent tour in 2013.