This Icelandic post-rock band are known for their ambient, euphoric, sweeping soundscapes, and this Session will be one of just a few shows they will play in the UK this summer.
Sigur Rós returned from a hiatus last year with their sixth studio album, Valtari, and a tour that included the biggest live show by an Icelandic artist in Rekyavik’s history. Now, with further new music already creeping into their set, they appear to be taking on a harder, more electronic sound, pushing the boundaries of a genre they helped to create.
Many of their tracks have become ubiquitous through their use in films and TV. The anthemic Hoppípolla from fourth album Takk… was used in the BBC series Planet Earth, hosted by David Attenborough.
Sigur Rós’s three most recent albums – 2005’s Tak…, 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and last year’s Valtari - have made the top 20 in the UK album charts. Furthermore, four records from their back catalogue have been certified gold in the UK with second long-player Ágætis byrjun, released in 1999, going platinum in Iceland. In 2010, Mojo magazine gave the band their Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
The video to the instantly recognisable tune that was used on the BBC series Planet Earth.
A tune to match the rugged beauty of the Icelandic landscape in the video.
Part of the band's Valtari mystery film experiment for their latest album, released last year.
London-based Daughter, otherwise known as Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, are fresh from releasing their debut album If You Leave, whose singles Smother and Still have both been playlisted on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and XFM.
Daughter mix Elena’s haunting lyrics with sparse musical arrangements to create an intimate, melancholy sound. If You Leave hit number 16 in the UK album charts and number four in the UK indie album charts.
Willy Mason is country folk singer from New York, based on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. His most recent album, Carry On, was released in December last year and followed his 2005 debut Where the Humans Eat and 2007’s If the Ocean Gets Rough.
Notable singles include Oxygen and We Can Be Strong, featuring previous Eden Sessions headliner KT Tunstall, which played in the first series finale of Channel 4’s Fresh Meat.
Willy Mason website
Californian psychedelic electronica outfit have just released their first self-titled album on Plug Research, featuring Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, and have been featured by NME, Spin, Vice, MTV Hive and Nylon.
This shoegaze collective create some of the finest progressive instrumental guitar based music, and have recently released their third EP, Take Me With You.