monday music spotlight #3 – sigur ros
Sigur Ros‘ recently released CD, Hvarf/Heim, and companion DVD, Heim, are the bands latest work of artistic brilliance. But while the CD is great in it’s own right, I mostly reserve that compliment for the DVD – a documentary of a series of free concerts around their homeland of Iceland. And the cinematography is the best I’ve seen for a music DVD.
Now, I understand that the music of Sigur Ros may not be for everyone but you don’t have to enjoy the music to appreciate the wonderfulness of this video. Many music DVD’s that I’ve seen have been purely about the artist and the music. And while that’s ok, I like this movie precisely because it’s not; it’s much more about the beautiful country and its people. But the music doesn’t really take a back-seat; what you come to understand is that the music, the country, and the people create this sort of explosive synergy and you realize who Sigur Ros really writes their music for. Here’s a preview:
and a sample track, hljomalind:
Free, legal, downloads from the band here.