Band: Sigur Rós
This mesmerizing contemplation is from 2006’s Heima, a documentary film and double DVD set - the Icelandic ensemble’s indelible tribute to its home country. It’s an unmistakably heartfelt, intensely musical meditation; hence this achingly luminous track, suffused with an almost unbearable presence and an abiding crystalline stillness. I wish I knew what the lyrics mean - the English translation I came across was poetically enigmatic - but no matter, the net effect is that of sublimely musical transcendence. The video elements are exquisitely fused with the aural flow; the interplay of live band performance and children playing on a beach of black sand is as magical as the music.