Sigur Rós’ Kjartan Sveinsson Exits Tour, But Band Will Continue
The good news is that Sigur Rós aren't going anywhere, but with the good news comes this report: The group is parting ways with Kjartan Sveinsson, who has grown tired of touring -- but not permanently.
According to Pitchfork, singer Jonsi Birgisson told the Reykjavik Grapevine that Sveinsson let his feelings be known to the rest of the band -- that he "wants to spend his time doing something else" and feels that spending time on tour is "not necessarily the most productive" thing to do. He's bowed out of the group's world tour to promote their upcoming release, 'Valtari.'
In the same interview, the vocalist said that when word leaked out of Sveinsson's exit, the media were quick to start rumors of the group as a whole disbanding. However, that's not the case, and the group is already making adjustments for the tour, with Ólafur Björn Ólafsson of Stórsveit Nix Noltes and Benni Hemm Hemm coming on board to replace him on both keyboard and oboe. Also, Georg "Goggi" Holm has enlisted his younger brother Kjartan Dagur Holm to take over Sveinsson's guitar work within the band.
Sigur Rós will release their 'Valtari' album on May 29. The group's world tour will bring them to the U.S. and Canada in late July and August.