Iceland's biggest music export Sigur Rós has unveiled two brand new tracks. Their new music will accompany an episode of Netflix super-hit Black Mirror.
A Coolly Perfect Match
The band, the most famous musicians from that corner of the world next to Bjork, has provided its trademark atmospheric tinklings for the dystopian show.
Comprised of Jónsi Birgisson, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason, Sigur Rós was formed in 1994. The band's oft-mispronounced name is a reference to Jónsi's sister.
They debuted two new tracks exclusively for the Netflix series. The tracks, intriguingly entitled "End" and "Match," will accompany the soundtrack to Season 4's standout episode "Hang the DJ."
Check out both of the tracks below.
Sigur Rós worked closely with frequent collaborator Alex Somers, who created the soundtrack for the episode, on the songs.
Somers co-produced the band's two most recent LPs, Valtari (2012) and Kveikur (2013), as well as worked with Jónsi on 2009's Riceboy Sleeps.
The two also worked together on the film score for the 2016 Viggo Mortensen-starred Captain Fantastic, as well as Aloha which featured Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper.
An eighth album from Sigur Rós is still hotly-anticipated, though details have yet to be released. Their latest single, "óveður," was released in 2016.
A Black-Hearted Mega-Hit
The hugely popular Black Mirror is currently being devoured by fans in binge-watch mode on Netflix (and picked apart for Easter eggs for good measure).
It was originally broadcast in 2011 on Channel 4 in the UK.
The sci-fi anthology show presents an often unbearably cynical and nihilistic idea of the future, skewing humans' current reliance on technology, among other modern conveniences.
Creator Charlie Brooker, a commentator and satirist, has served as showrunner and frequent writer for its entire run.
The show has won a number of accolades including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Television Movie (for the lauded LBGT-themed "San Junipero") and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special in 2017.
It is also near-universally beloved by critics. Most recently, The Telegraph in the UK compared "Hang the DJ" favorably to "San Junipero," suggesting Black Mirror's fourth season will continue to impress across the board.
The move to Netflix in its third season, although a surprise for many fans, was described by Brooker as the perfect fit.
The pairing of Sigur Rós' music with the show, and the season's possibly standout episode, would also be highly deemed likewise.