ABBA has announced they will release two new songs as part of an avatar project marking the first time the group has released new music since their split in 1983.
The Swedish group, which consisted of members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngsta, made the announcement to fans on Instagram.
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence,” the statement reads. “We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.”
“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good,” they added.
Their comeback will feature avatars of the band members performing in a tribute concert scheduled to be televised in the fall.
“It’s a kind of ABBA tribute show, but the centerpiece … will be something I call ‘Abbatars’. It is digital versions of ABBA, from 1979,” Ulvaeus told AFP. “It’s the first time it’s ever been done.”
Ulvaeus continued that the avatars will be recreated to look like younger versions of themselves from 1979 through video technology and lipsyncing.
The avatars are expected to embark on a world tour following the tribute show.