On November 6, Iceland’s worshipped Sigur Rós will release both a DVD and double CD via XL. The DVD, entitled, Heima, (meaning “At Home” and “Homeland”) was directed by Dean DeBlois, and is a “series of free concerts Sigur Rós played in their native Iceland over the course of summer 2006,” capturing the largest and smallest shows of the storied band’s career as they toured in support of Takk. The double CD, called Hvarf / Heim, (translation: “disappeared” or “haven”/”home”), is actually two EPs. The first, Hvarf, is made up of five “lost songs from various points in Sigur Ros’s history.” The second disc, Heim, contains six “live acoustic versions of songs from all four Sigur Ros studio albums recorded in Iceland either during the band’s summer 2006 tour or early this spring.”

Full press announcement after the jump!

Sigur Rós have confirmed a November 6 street date for two separate but
related releases: a DVD called Heima and a double CD set titled Hvarf /
Heim
. Both will be issued in the U.S. on the XL label.

Heima-which translates as both “At Home” and “Homeland”– chronicles a
series of free concerts Sigur Rós played in their native Iceland over
the course of summer 2006. Combining both the biggest and smallest
shows of their career, the entire tour was filmed, and now provides a
unique insight into one of the world’s most fascinating and inscrutable
bands captured live while exploring their natural habitat like never
before. The film is currently being edited by Nick Fenton with
direction from the Oscar-nominated Dean DeBlois.

The culmination of more than a year spent promoting their hugely
successful Takk… album around the world, the Icelandic tour was free
to all-comers and went largely unannounced. Playing in deserted fish
factories, outsider art follies, far-flung community halls, sylvan
fields, darkened caves and the huge horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon
(formed, legend has it, by the hoofprint of Odin’s six-legged horse
Sleipnir), the band reached an entirely new spectrum of the Icelandic
population; young and old, ardent and merely quizzical, entirely by
word-of-mouth.

Material from all four of the band’s albums is featured, including many
rare and notable moments. Among these are a heart-stopping rendition of
the previously unreleased ‘Guitardjamm’, filmed inside a derelict
herring oil tank in the far West Fjords; a windblown, one-mic recording
of ‘Vaka’, shot at a dam protest camp subsequently drowned by rising
water; and first time acoustic versions of such rare live beauties as
‘Staralfur’, ‘Agaetis Byrjun’ and ‘Von’.

The Hvarf / Heim CD is made up primarily of two EPs. The title of the
first, Hvarf, translates appropriately as “disappeared,” as its five
tracks are new recordings of lost songs from various points in Sigur
Ros’s history. The first three, ‘Salka,’ ‘Hljomalind’ and ‘I Gaer,’
were never released either because they were not recorded, or because
they were recorded and then not included on a finished album. The
fourth and fifth, ‘Von’ and perennial live favorite ‘Hafsol’ are
radical and complete reimaginings of songs from the band’s first album,
the original versions of which were recorded by the band’s Jonsi
Birgisson and Georg Holm with drummer Agust Gunnarsson prior to Kjartan
Sveinsson and Orri Dyrason joining the band.

An alternative translation of “Hvarf” is “haven,” which ties into the
title of the second portion of this release, Heim, or “home.” Heim’s
six tracks are live acoustic versions of songs from all four Sigur Ros
studio albums recorded in Iceland either during the band’s summer 2006
tour or early this spring. The unplugged scenario had been pretty much
imposed on the band, there being no power at some of the locations.
Four of the songs here (‘Untitled 1,’ ‘Unititled 3,’ ‘Agaetis Byrjun’
(never performed live before this last summer) and ‘Heysatan’) were
played acoustically on the road during the summer tour, with the
remaining ‘Staralfur’ and ‘Von,’ being first interpreted for a protest
concert against a planned road development next to the band’s studio in
the artistic community of Alafoss, back in February 2007

There will be an exclusive screening of Heima Sept. 14 in Akureyri,
Iceland, which will be followed by the film’s official premiere on
Sept. 27 in Reykjavik on the opening night of the Icelandic
International Film Festival which runs from Sep 27 – Oct 7.