One album that just barely missed the cut for my Most Anticipated Albums of 2012 list is the new one from Sigur Ros. Valtari is the name of the new record that it is set to release on May 28th. They have released the first single from the album along with a video. Had I heard “Ekki múkk” before making my list earlier in the year, it might have helped surge Valtari in to the top 10.
While there has been no talk of a follow-up to 2008′s phenomenal Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, Sigur Rós fans have much to be excited about. The Icelandic frontman, Jon Thor Birgisson has had a busy 2010 so far. He has written and recorded a new “solo” album that is set to be released digitally on April 6th along with a limited edition box-set. The new album, Go, follows in the poppy footsteps of Med Sud and I believe is his first record to be written and recorded in English (although you can hardly tell that upon first listen). On a recent session BBC Radio session Jónsi plays a stellar cover of MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” which is much better than anything off of MGMT’s new record. He also has collaborated with contemporary classical composer, Nico Muhly to shoot a video for one of the first singles from the new record, “Kolnidur.”