ABBA‘s Björn Ulvaeus has revealed that new music from the pop icons will arrive this autumn.
Last year, the Swedish pop group announced the intention to record new material – over 35 years on from their last foray into the studio. The tracks will arrive prior to a digital avatar tour which is set to take place this year. It was originally hoped that the songs would have emerged by Christmas 2018, but they have yet to materialise.
Ulvaeus told Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet tabloid that fans can expect a new song “in September or October”.
A new song titled ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ was due to premiere on the BBC back in December. Another new song is called ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’.
“One of them is a pop tune, very danceable,” Ulvaeus said. “The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is Nordic sad, but happy at the same time.
“I think that exuberant quality of the two ladies [Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad] together singing, that makes the saddest song a bit uplifting. I think that is what happens and that [it] is very organic: [it] isn’t calculated, [it] just happened that way.”
Ulvaeus added in the interview with Ekstra Bladet that the group’s planned avatar spectacular “has been delayed for too long”, saying that “it takes an extremely long time” to make the video with the avatars of the group members.