See Sigur Ros’ Creepy Lyric Video for Soothing ‘Isjaki’
From the Icelandic crew's forthcoming Kveikur LP, due June 18
Sigur Rós opened and closed their Coachella sets with a booming orchestral din that sounded as hard and harsh as just about anything Godspeed You! Black Emperor has done — a blaring confirmation of their January Reddit AMA promise that their forthcoming seventh album. Kveikur is due June 18 on XL Recordings, and we’ve gotten a chance to preview a couple of songs: the lurching “Brennistein” and the apocalyptic titular track. But following that heavier fare, we’re now offered a little respite in “Ísjaki,” which comes with the lyric video above. While the song is certainly intense in its own way, its true strength comes not from bombast but from the inventive percussion and Jónsi’s beautiful birdcall. Ghostly as the new song is — and as creepy as the critters in the clip are — the song itself offers some real uplift, testifying to the broad dynamism we should expect to hear when Kveikur drops.