Produced in Iceland by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the dark, brooding new album sees the Damon Albarn-championed band return with a palpable sense of urgency and a fresh spin on their darkwave influenced, electronic driven post-punk. Known for their energetic live show, the band turned heads in November at a triumphant showcase at Iceland Airwaves, which saw them receive wide critical praise from Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, The Line of Best Fit and more. Singer Kaktus Benediktsson is the son of The Sugarcubes co-singer Einar Örn Benediktsson, who fronted the band alongside Bjork, and he cites his father’s music tastes as a massive influence on his individual, electronic punk-inspired writing style.
One thing Sports does retain from previous albums is Benediktsson's knack for writing compelling and enigmatic lyrics: "I think that’s quite important," considers Benediktsson. "When writing lyrics, I could spell everything out and tell the story, but it’s healthier to take time and really dig into the lyrics, so that people can take their own experiences out of it."
Sports is out 3rd February 2017 on One Little Indian.