ABBA tease forthcoming avatar tour: “It still sounds very much ABBA”

The band are set to record five new songs to take on the long-delayed tour

ABBA‘s Björn Ulvaeus has teased the band’s forthcoming avatar tour, promising that it “still sounds very much ABBA.”

Back in 2017, it was announced that the band would reunite in digital form in 2019, performing as “Abbatars” for the first time since they split in 1982.

When the reunion tour was then delayed, the Swedish pop icons announced back in 2018 that they would be sharing two new tracks: ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, which was then expanded to five new tracks as a reward to fans waiting for the reunion tour due to COVID-related delays.

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In a new interview with The Times, Ulvaeus discussed how Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s vocals were now in a lower pitch – “about one tone lower, perhaps” – but promised that the sound fans would hear on the tour would still be “very much Abba.”

Discussing the process of creating the avatars, Ulvaeus said the band were “photographed from all possible angles” and made to “grimace in front of cameras”.

“They painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads.”

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ABBA has new music on the way. CREDIT: Press/IMAGES/Getty Images

Back in 2018, Ulvaeus spoke about the direction of the two original new songs, which has now been expanded to five..

“One of them is a pop tune, very danceable,” he said. “The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is Nordic sad, but happy at the same time.”

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Elsewhere, Ulvaeus has this week slammed the streaming economy, saying that songwriters are “last in line for streaming royalties”.

Writing in The Guardian, Ulvaeus said a new royalties model is needed if the industry is to see any kind of “risk-taking” or “creativity” from artists whose writing, he says, is being affected by the pressures of the “dysfunctional” current model.

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