Sólstafir’s “Fjara” from Svartir Sandar is one of my all-time favorite songs in any genre of music. It has been the subject of numerous videos, most of which have been live recordings. My favorite is still this one (in part because it’s the first Sólstafir video I ever saw), but a close second is the official video (here) made by directors Bowen Staines and Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson, which follows a young woman in a thin wedding dress dragging a timber coffin across a stretch of Icelandic wilderness and encountering spirits along the way, culminating in a memorable scene at the Skógafoss waterfall.
The team that produced that striking video for “Fjara” has returned with a video that premiered within the last hour for the song “Lágnætti” off the band’s latest album, the remarkable Ótta. It is every bit as striking as the “Fjara” video, and is a beautiful match for the song.
This time, the mysticism of the video derives entirely from the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland’s West Fjords — but it’s mystical enough without the presence of manifested spirits and shamans. The video’s story line involves the members of the band journeying to a rendezvous in the wilderness for a ritual, of sorts. It’s beautifully directed, beautifully filmed, beautifully edited — but it also has the great advantage of a great soundtrack. I’m not sure anything Sólstafir do will ever surpass “Fjara” in my own affections, but “Lágnætti” comes very close.
Enjoy this feast for the eyes and ears.
via Metal Hammer
Iceland should honestly just use this as a tourism video. Would save ’em a bit of money.
Also, I finally got off my ass and bought this record a few days ago. HOLY FECKIN SHITE, one of the best things I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing.