Iceland is a formidable breeding ground for exceptionally talented musicians. Artists include Björk, Múm, FM Belfast, Amiina, Emiliana Torrini, Ólafur Arnalds, and of course Sigur Rós who have in fact been announced to headline Harvest Festival 2012.
Although the ethereal music of Sigur Rós rarely reaches the Australian music charts, they still sport an undoubtedly strong fan-base.
Many music news sites have reported the release of Sigur Rós’ sixth studio record Valtari. Something you may not know, is that they unleashed the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, which saw the band handing out a sizeable budget to a dozen filmmakers, in return for a film depicting their thoughts upon listening to Valtari.
These films are slowly seeing the light of day. The first two were featured in a Music + Video = post. Now, Israeli music video director Alma Har’el has produced visuals for ‘Fjögur Píanó,’ featuring a very naked Shea Labeouf:http://youtu.be/scctp8-xYX4
Many don’t know that the Sigur Rós‘ lyrics are actually sung in a language that front-man Jónsi created himself, dubbed Vonlenska (English translation: Hopelandic).
Catch Sigur Rós in Australia this November where they will be headlining the Harvest Festival 2012, alongside Beck, Grizzly Bear, Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane, Ben Folds Five, Beirut and Cake. Pick up the full Harvest 2012 line up, dates and ticketing info here.