So perusing my Facebook page today, it has come to my attention that there is yet another documentary about Iceland’s music and the scene in general. Titled “Iceland: Beyond Sigur Rós”, it was produced by Serious Feather, a not-for-profit film production company. they title it as “a memorable celebration of Iceland’s dynamic and diverse contemporary independent music scene”.
And as per usual, the thought of another muso doc on Iceland gave me a fair old pain behind my eyes. But after watching it, i have to say that it’s a little different from the visual landfill we’ve come to expect. Firstly, it’s only 30 minutes long, so it’s not too overblown and cluttered. Secondly, instead of filling it with lots of MEMORABLE LIVE PERFORMANCES, it instead has 3 talking heads interposed with music videos from various artists (from Hafdis Huld to Severed Crotch!).
Ólafur Arnalds, and Pétur Úlfur Einarsson and Hafsteinn Michael Guðmundsson of Gogoyoko are on in the video, but the real star of the show is my Editor, and a man who owns 27% of my soul in a timeshare deal with Satan, Haukur S Magnusson. He actually makes a couple of really good points that i agree with (Sigur Rós are a completely western creation and didn’t rise Aphrodite like from a glacier or something). Also, he does drink while he works. I think we may have to do an intervention on him, or at least give us some of that beer!
so if you want a slighty different take on Icelandic music that isn’t a complete circle jerk, then take some time out to watch this nugget.