The Icelandic born band Sigur Rós have collaborated with Alex Somers, and have released two new songs that are featured on an episode of ‘Black Mirror’ called ‘Hang the DJ.’
The first song ‘End’ fades in with an ambient instrumental that builds off of the barely audible synth, providing the feeling of anticipation to the listener. As a slow bass line, with sharp contrasting guitar steps into the frame, it faintly begins to showcase the Icelandic bands signature elements of shimmering piano lines and deep resonating drum patterns. This creates a rare layer of sound and depth to the instrumental, that is undeniably special. Once the song reaches the halfway mark, everything stops abruptly as if it was going to start over, which it does. A loud, crunchy sounding drum line bursts through the track, and we finally get to hear the unique vocal styling of Sigur Rós’s lead singer Jónsi as the song reaches its peak, and inevitable end.
The other song ‘Match’ has a different sound and is much shorter than ‘End.’ ‘Match’ is a one and a half minute instrumental, that plays upon a dark, bass-driven tone, with little hints of what seems like violins in the background. The song provides a dim, and slightly haunting feeling, completely contrasting the lighter sound that ‘End’ has. It’s different, and experimental, which is nothing new when it comes to Sigur Rós. Fan’s will not be disappointed.
You can listen to ‘End’ and ‘Match’ here:
With the release of these two songs, it brings up the big question about when a new album will be arriving, since the last time the band released a full-length record was 2013. Currently, there is no information regarding that, but if you guys want to keep up to date with the progress, follow them on their Twitter, and Instagram, as well as give them a like on Facebook.