Valtari Mystery Film Experiment


In music, there’s no such thing as old news. Do I just use this line to get away with writing an article about something that was released almost two years ago? Yes, of course. Doesn’t make it less true. The collaboration I want to bring to your attention happened almost two years ago, I saw it a year and a half ago, and it has been on my mind again the past couple of weeks. Whether you’ve seen it two summers ago or are just discovering it now: it will not be less impressive.

Sigur Rós is an Icelandic band, active since 1994. As most music coming from this strange and inspiring island, it takes you on a journey to places you’ve never imagined before. Just recently they made a cameo appearance in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2012, Sigur Rós made a new album, ‘valtari’, and gave fourteen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s album. The idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom.

The results are beautiful, funny, melancholic, and a whole other list of words to describe a broad spectrum of emotions. Just click on this link and see for yourself which video (and song) takes you on that special journey only Icelandic artists can take you on.