[Cover photo credit to Tim Dunk]
Sigur Rós have followed their surprise-release of their new album ÁTTA with the announcement of the ÁTTA film experiment consisting of ten music videos, one for each track of their album, all created by different directors “without rules or boundaries.”
Now the video for “8” has been released with a visual directed by Icelandic artist Rúrí, has been revealed. The artist is known for her political and environmental feminist activism, and her 1983 performance and installation “Rainbow I” serves as the cover art for the ÁTTA album.
Rúrí’s film is “largely an exploration of the nature of water in its various states of flow and flux, abstracted and colour washed with blue tones.”
Rúrí says of the video:
Among the many gems of the album ÁTTA, it was the song “8” that captivated me. It immediately connected not only to the present, but also to infinity. Catharsis – soft, melancholic, powerful and uplifting.
“8” follows Katya Gimro and Alexey Krupnik’s video for “Andrá” and the video for “Blóðberg” directed by Johan Renck, the Swedish director whose past directorial credits include HBO’s Chernobyl and videos for Madonna and New Order.
Glóð directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, Skel directed by George Jasper Stone, Klettur directed by Frosti Jón Runólfsson, Mór directed by Glenn Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’sa and Aires Barros D’sa, Gold directed by Rene Pannevis, Ylur directed by Sophie Hunter, and Fall directed by Katya Gimro.
ÁTTA prominently features the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames, alongside brass performed by longtime Icelandic collaborators Brassgat í bala. ÁTTA wasmixed and co-produced by another frequent collaborator Paul Corley, alongside the band.
Sigur Rós are celebrating ÁTTA with a limited run of dates, performing with a 41-piece orchestra for the first time across Europe and North America. The tour arrives in North America in August, where the band will be accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra. All orchestral dates are conducted by Rob Ames.
Sigur Rós Tour Dates
8/14 Toronto, ON — Roy Thomson Hall – SOLD OUT
8/16 New York City, NY — Beacon Theatre – SOLD OUT
8/18 Brooklyn, NY — Kings Theatre – SOLD OUT
8/19 Boston, MA — Wang Theatre – SOLD OUT
8/21 Minneapolis, MN — State Theatre – SOLD OUT
8/24 Seattle, WA — The Paramount Theatre – SOLD OUT
8/26 Berkeley, CA — The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley – SOLD OUT
8/27 Los Angeles, CA — The Greek Theatre – SOLD OUT