With Barcelona’s Primavera Sound boasting an incredible line-up including Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Rós, Tha Avalanches and Tame Impala among with hip-hop artists Pusha T, Action Bronson, Vince Staples and so much more, you know something special is bound to happen. Well, to brighten up your day, the Icelandic boys from Reykjavík, Sigur Rós, came through with the goods last night, performing a brand new and enchanting song entitled Óveður.
Following the recent updating of their live set, showcasing a light and visual show, as well as cutting back to just the three core members with no backup, there was no better way to debut this track. Opening with haunting ambient wails, singer Jónsi soon jumps in with his leading falsetto vocals, an amazing contrast with the down-tempo dark and grim background.
An amazing ride, the song changes shape once more as a huge thudding bass line comes in, followed by an even more ethereal chant from Jónsi sure to send shivers down your spine. The simple contrast between the mysterious, gritty textures and trembling piano tones really create something special which you just need to hear.
Unfortunately all we’ve got is some fan filmed footage at the moment, but thanks to the track’s warm welcome, a studio recording of the track is bound to appear sometime in the near future.
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to this year’s Splendour In The Grass, make sure you catch Sigur Rós as they perform on Sunday, the closing night, for their only Australian show.
For further reading, checkout our Flashback Friday on Sigur Rós’ second album, Ágætis byrjun.
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