22 May 2009

Good Weather for Airstrikes

I ran across this video on another blog (the chap seems to have some good taste) *wink*, and I wanted to re-share it. It's a music video for a Sigur Rós song, Viðrar vel til loftárása (lyrics and translation here). Their music, and especially their videos, are richly evocative. I'd say they're simultaneously heavily ethereal and beautifully raw, but I feel like I'm out of my league trying to describe them. Anyway, their videos have a way of sort of taking my breath away. I was originally introduced to Sigur Rós by a good friend, and I'd seen some of their videos on YouTube, but this one was new to me.

Being the way I am, I'm tempted to temper its emotionality with analytical balance. But I'll leave it to speak for itself other than to say what was more powerful to me than the story portrayed is the theme of destroying innocent tenderness and purity with fear and prejudice (the opening scene had me fully in tears--guess it struck a cord).

Note: I meant to post the version with English subtitles, so after-the-fact, here it is:


Kengo Biddles said...

For what it's worth, you'd do better to write the name as Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa.

And for those that are wondering, I'll bet that they're actually Icelandic. (with a name like Sigur and using the edth (the crossy-d thing that you wrote as an o)).

Original Mohomie said...

Ah, thanks for the tip. Right you are. I just copied it from the video page. I've recopied it from the Sigur Rós web site as they've written it. :-)

And yes, they're Icelandic. I've known of them for a couple of years now but haven't become very familiar with their stuff. The song in this video was actually released about 10 years ago, but it was new to me. Love it.

blj1224 said...

It left me incredibly sad.

Gay LDS Actor said...

I love this video. I actually saw it quite some time ago when I was in my coming-out process. I found it very therapeutic at the time.