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Maybe this isn’t a review.  Maybe it is.  I’m not sure.

Maybe it’s a plug.  Maybe all I’m really saying is “watch this film.”

Maybe the film speaks for itself.

I am contented to say that regardless of the type of style of music you listen to, there is something in this to please the tongue of any musical taste.  Something here is transcendent; that is, something here will defy your idea of music, but also define it.

Sigur Ros is an Icelandic experimental pop/rock group.  I use the term “pop” very loosely, for their music is simply incomprehensible in that diction.  They have been around since the late 90’s, and have produced several records.  They have not been as mainstream as many other artists of their genre, but they are gaining recognition, with assistance from YouTube.

Recently, the band put out a documentary film entitled Heima, a Icelandic word meaning “home”.  It is partly a music documentary, and partly a documentary of the beautiful Icelandic landscape.  The content of the DVD is comprised of several free, unannounced shows the band put on in different towns and locations around Iceland.  The final product is an unparalleled musical journey, which is sure to amaze each viewer on some level.

What Sigur Ros has done in their musical journey will leave you with eyes that yearn for the images to last forever, and ears that hope for the sound to never stop.  In this film, nature becomes an amphitheater and you, the viewer, become a passive observer.  Perhaps you are a bystander who heard these haunting sounds, and followed the sound to the source; perhaps you are a bird, resting briefly from flight, only to soar away again as the music lifts your wings; perhaps you are the landscape itself, with a beautiful symphony being played in your harshest regions.

The lyrics to much of Sigur Ros’ music is meaningless.  By meaningless, I do not mean that words are being misused, simply that words are not being used at all.  To clarify, Jon (the band’s lead singer) simply creates a melody or harmony with a varied falsetto; he produces vocal inflections with no real meaning.  This is, however, not universal to their form- a large portion of their songs are comprised of true lyrics with real words.  The issue then resides in the fact that the band, being true to their heritage, sings in Icelandic, and therefore we, the monolingual, are left with lyrics that are truly incomprehensible.  But here a new beauty arises, for we have (perhaps) our first real glimpse of what it means for lyrics (or lack thereof) to compliment the music, and not simply music that compliments lyrics.  In other words, Jon’s voice has become the last instrument in the symphony.

The film, and editing done therein, were Oscar worthy in my opinion.  There is a scene which recounts an old fishing factory which had long since closed, which is no huge matter, but the way in which the history is presented, along with the song selection, will bring one to tears.  Another scene depicts a controversial damn which was built in Iceland, and subsequently had negative effects on the surrounding ecology.  The song played during this scene is simple, but the empathy it creates will cause one to weep.

I have provided the film (thanks to YouTube) below, in order from top to bottom.  My advise is to throw on some headphones, sit back, and watch the film in full.  You will be glad you did.

Note: Although I apprieciate Sigur Ros’ musical talent, I do not necessarily endorse every aspect of their personal lifestyle.  Nor do I promote the nudity used in album art of their newest album.  If clarification is needed, feel free to ask.