Monday, July 27, 2009

Sent around by a friend to his email list and worth reading/watching

Disa Gudmundsdottir took me out into the barren countryside one day to show me the home studio of the Icelandic band, Sigur Ros. It was no more than a humble shack in the middle of nowhere. Sigur Ros has an enormous following around the world. Their music is so purely Icelandic, evoking the lonely landscapes of this northern nation.A few years ago, after many world tours, Sigur Ros returned home to play a series of concerts across Iceland. This home tour was filmed and released as a two-disc dvd called Heima ("at home"). I bought a copy as soon as it was released, and have nowwatched it five or six times. Heima won awards and was voted, by users of the Internet Movie Database, the best documentary of all time. Not sure about that lofty billing, but it is spectacular and heartwarming. You can easily see how humble the members of Sigur Ros are, and how, in their native country, they are not punished with celebrity.Heima is now on youtube, in ten parts. Here's the link to part one. I hope that youwill find time to watch the entire documentary. It is magical.

My note: This starts a little slow, but is well worth the lead-in time.

Heima : Part One


direct link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNofqsFTW08

4 comments:

Collin Kelley said...

An amazing band! Thanks for posting!

Pris said...

You're welcome. They really are neat, aren't they??

Ellen M Johns said...

I already have a lot of their music on my media player. They are extemely talented and are like the ''natural world'' of music if you know what I mean.

Pris said...

Ellen, you know their music. How super. They were a surprise gift to me.