Friday, March 07, 2008

Sigur Ros~ Heima`

There is no other band quite like Sigur Ros and they finally released their first feature film on YouTube today. Here's the description of the film from their website...

'heima' is sigur rós's first ever film, filmed over two weeks during the summer of 2006 when the band undertook a series of free, unannounced concerts in iceland. they hauled 40-plus people round 15 locations to the furthest flung corners of their homeland for their debut venture into live film, to create something, well, inspirational.

on their way they went to ghost towns, outsider art shrines, national parks, small community halls and the absolute middle-of-nowhere-ness of the highland wilderness, as well as playing the largest gig of their career (and in icelandic history) at their homecoming reykjavik show.

'heima' (icelandic for "at home" or "homeland"), truly, shows sigur rós as never before. whereas seeing the group live is normally a large-scale and sometimes overwhelming experience, making full use of lights and mesmeric visuals, 'heima' was always intended to reveal more of what was actually going on on stage. it does this via long-held close-ups and a rare intimate proximity, without ever once breaking the spell.

loosely based on a documentary format - and including personal reflections from the band - 'heima' also serves as an alternative primer for iceland the country, which is revealed as a magical place where human beings have little right to trespass.

This film requires your full attention! I was completely captivated during the entire thing. Some might think they are weird....I think they are humble geniuses. After watching this film, I've officially added Iceland to my list of places to visit.

I can't even put into words what their music does for my soul. Is anyone else a fan or am I on my own on this one?


Emily said...

Andrea! I didn't realize that you had posted it here! I tried to find it on YouTube, but I could only find the trailer. I'll have to watch it this evening or tomorrow.

SkyWriting said...

You're not alone.