Sigur Rós' Jónsi has announced a new album with his new band Dark Morph, alongside sharing the ominous lead single, "BEKA YALO".
Dark Morph is a new duo consisting of Jónsi and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. Their upcoming self-titled record manipulates animal sounds, including humpback whales, bats, shrimp, and dark morph heron. The sounds were recorded on the research vessel Dardanella at Vanua Vatu Reef in Fiji.
In a statement posted on Pitchfork, von Hausswolff says of their collaboration, "While we were on the boat I started to take the recordings, manipulate them and mutate them into drones or other types of musical functions—so we could use the sounds as instruments for building compositions. We decided, "Let’s try not to have them sounding too much like real sounds, let’s turn them into something else." When I had done some drones, some long tones out of a bird or something, I gave it to Jónsi and he started to peel off certain types of melodious things, and then play it to me. And then we started to just throw the ball back and forth."