Long-time listeners take note: Hvarf/Heim is only partly new music, split between two EPs. The first five tracks (Hvarf) include three cuts never issued or recorded and two re-imaginings of tunes from the group’s rare debut disc.
The second half, Heim, is made up of six acoustic versions of pieces from all four previous Sigur Rós records. The unplugged constraint works well as Sigur Rós’s customary electric drone is replaced by the string quartet Amiina, who give the gauzy material a melancholy, slow-thaw effect.
The uninitiated may find Hvarf/Heim excessive and cumbersome, but enthusiasts will appreciate Hvarf/Heim’s symphonic grandeur and sinuous emotionality.
Hvarf/Heim is currently available.