Sigur Ros Members Prep Circus-Inspired Instrumental Album
Music from ‘Circe’ will accompany upcoming BBC documentary, ‘The Show of Shows’
Sigur RÃ³sÂ bassist Georg Holm, drummer Orri PÃ¡ll DÃ½rason, touring guitarist Kjartan Holm and composer Hilmar Ã–rn Hilmarsson have craftedÂ a new circus-inspired instrumental soundtrack for the BBC’s upcoming documentary,Â The Show of Shows.
Inspired by 100 years of archival footage of vaudeville, circuses and carnivals, the 14-track album,Â Circe, will see release August 21st via Sigur RÃ³s’s Krunk imprint.Â CirceÂ is currentlyÂ available to pre-orderÂ in three formats, digital, CD and a double vinyl LP.
The album was recorded at Sigur RÃ³s’s studio space in ReykjavÃk, Iceland and also includes contributions from the South Iceland Chamber Choir. A trailer forÂ The Show of ShowsÂ ”” which features some incredible footage of outrageous old-school circus acts ”” offers a taste of the group’s soundtrack: TheÂ ominous, whirlwind guitars and pounding, relentless drums a far cry from Czech composer Julius FuÄÃk’s charming, unofficial circus theme,Â “Entry of the Gladiators.”
The Show of ShowsÂ was commissioned for the BBC’sÂ StoryvilleÂ series, but will not air on television until next year. U.K. residents will, however, be able to attend one-off screenings at London’s Barbican Cinema 1 on July 16th, and at the Latitude Festival on July 17th. Both showings will include discussions with Holm, DÃ½rason and the film’s producers moderated by author Andrew Smith.
Sigur RÃ³s have remained relatively silent since the 2013 release of their last album,Â Kveikur, though the group willÂ mark the 16th anniversary of theirÂ acclaimed LPÂ AgÃ¦tis ByrjunÂ with a deluxe vinyl box set scheduled to arrive later this year. The set will also featureÂ Live at the Icelandic Opera House, a recording of theÂ band’s 1999 performance at the Opera HouseÂ in ReykjavÃk, which accompanied the release ofÂ AgÃ¦tis Byrjun.