We here at TFIB like Icelandic music. Like, a lot. It’s not that we will cover Sigur Ros and their amazing music videos… It’s that we’ll cover the singer as well. We give all kinds of shits about Bjork too, and frequently drift into a hazy sleep listening to múm. The blend of electronics and classical, well, we’ll just listen to Olafur Arnalds for that.
It can’t all be the romance of experimental, post-rock, and classical, music with a beautiful backdrop, right? Can Iceland rock? Like, HARD?
The answer? An unequivocal hell yes. Sólstafir might not just be the biggest metal band in Iceland but one of the largest rock bands in the country. Formed in 1995 by three friends who spent seven years thinking their band was cursed, Sólstafir are a mainstay in the drone, post-rock/metal genre. Call this “Viking Metal” if you want, it might be so. The churning slow pace through a minor key, the slow magnification of the melody over time are all trademarks of the dark metal genre. But that would be characterizing the song into a genre; if anything, the slow building dirge takes a majestic evolution. The video follows a young lady tugging a coffin behind her. Directed by Bowen Staines & Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson, the overwhelming beautiful shots in this video are both blinding and illuminating. Captivating waves, rolling hills, and a girl tugging her burden across the landscape. Beauty in austerity.