It was recently announced that ABBA had reunited and were recording two new songs. Now two members of the band have spoken more about the new music and if they have plans to record an album.
In a statement released in April, the four members of ABBA announced they would be releasing a new song after getting back in the studio together. The studio sessions resulted in two new songs, however only one is slated for release at this time. “I Still Have Faith In You” is the first new material the group will have released in 35 years. It came after news that an ABBA hologram tour was in the works to take place in 2019.
Now, at the premiere of Mamma Mia: Here I Go Again, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson discussed the new music and tour for the first time. NME reports that Ulvaeus told press one of the new songs is “very danceable” whilst the other is “timeless” and “Nordic sad“. This is great as we know they make great music in both those styles!
He also added that the process “is very organic: [it] isn’t calculated, [it] just happened that way.” Andersson was quick to shut down any ideas that we might get a new ABBA album anytime soon. Telling press “Doing another album is like doing Mamma Mia 3: what is the point unless there is a good reason, good script, good environment?”
Don’t feel like all hope is lost however, he finished by saying “It is such a joyful experience, so that is a reason to do it.” Maybe one day!
“I think that exuberant quality of the two ladies [Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad] together singing, that makes the saddest song a bit uplifting.”
Mamma Mia: Here I Go Again is out in cinemas this Thursday. It marks another comeback to the big screen for another pop icon: Cher.
ABBA’s first new music since their infamous breakup in 1982 is the song “I Still Have Faith In You”. It is expected to be released alongside a TV special featuring the group’s holograms performing it in December. The group is also planning a world concert tour, featuring themselves in hologram form.