Sigur Rós’ Jónsi has released his third solo album, Obsidian, which was announced just yesterday (October 29). The project coincides with his art installation of the same name, which will run through December 17 at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. The record was co-produced and mixed by Paul Corley (Yves Tumor, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ben Frost, Koreless) and Nathan Salon. It follows Jónsi’s 2020 album Shiver, which arrived ten years after his solo debut Go, as well as his score for Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse. Stream Obsidian below.
The exhibition was inspired by the recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland. According to a press release, the album “centers on the Icelandic natural wonder. Recorded and produced in tandem with the works on view, the parallel formats inform one another and interweave through their embodiment of volcanic energies. Over the course of 10 tracks, each with evocative titles referencing sights, textures, and aromas of the ashen terrain, Jónsi takes his listeners through narrative arcs between erupting flares.”