The band will continue adding to the project long after release
Sigur Rós have launched a new project titled ‘Liminal’. The Icelandic band describe the new release as a constantly evolving “endless” playlist which “will be built over linear time into a never-finished project of ceaseless invention.”
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Available now on all digital streaming services, the hour long ‘Liminal’ will reportedly be “added to frequently and endlessly.”
Viewing “Sigur Rós as an eco-system,” ‘Liminal’ will continue to be altered indefinitely beyond its release. It currently features a new piece from Jónsi called ‘Above, Below (Alex Somers Remix)’, as Pitchfork reports.
“Sigur Rós played live a lot during the last two years,” frontman Jónsi explains in a press release. “And inevitably you end up playing the rockier, more focussed songs, which means that loads of other stuff gets ignored. ‘Liminal’ tries to do something different. It’s just me, Paul [Corley], and Alex [Somers] in a dark room manipulating and mucking around with recordings, FX and vocals. We play and sing sparsely and focus on the atmosphere coming together.”
The band are marking the release with a series of ‘Liminal’ Soundbath events. Along with collaborator Alex Somers and composer Paul Corley, Jónsi hosted one live show at Norður Og Niður in Reykjavík, Iceland late last year. There’s also another Soundbath event slated for Arizona festival FORM Arcosanti later this month (May 11-13).
Jónsi, Somers, and Corley will also be presenting a 12-hour ‘Liminal’ takeover on NTS Radio later today – the broadcast begins at 8:00pm GMT on May 8.
Sigur Rós were recently cleared of tax evasion after all three band members were investigated by Iceland’s Directorate of Tax Investigations. According to The Reykjavík Grapevine, 800 million Icelandic krónur (which is equivalent to about £5.7million) worth of assets were frozen. This included “thirteen properties, two motorcycles, two cars, six bank accounts and shares in three companies for a total value of 638 million ISK”
The band has now been cleared after repaying all tax debt.