Sui generis Icelandic ambient art-rockers Sigur Ros are playing the Mann Center this summer, opening a U.S. tour on July 30. The transporting, Radiohead-influencing outfit are the first act announced to be playing the Mann's new 'Skyline Stage,' which is described as "a truly unique GA standing room concert experience back by unmatched skyline views," located at the top of the Mann "campus."
The new Sigur Ros album, Valtari (a word which translates in English as 'steamroller"), comes out on XL on May 29. On the group's web site, Georg Holm, the band's bassist, wrote this about the making of Valtari, without using capital letters: "session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up...did give up for a while. but then something happened and form started to emerge, and now i can honestly say that it’s the only sigur rós record i have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it."
For this tour, which includes a date at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and a show at a cemetery in Los Angeles, the band which has often performed as a four-piece, will use as many as 11 players on stage. Tickets for the Mann show go on sale April 20 via Ticketmaster and the Mann box office. The new Sigur Ros single "Ekki Mukk" is below.
UPDATE: The Skyline Stage, which will be at the very top of the hill at the back of the Mann's lawn seatng area, will accomodate "anywhere between 500 and 4000 patrons" according to a press release sent out this afternoon by the Mann and AEG Live, who promote the pop shows at the Fairmount Park venue. Concerts there will be "open air ... on the grass, in the park" events. Sounds good to me.