Sigur Rós – Brennisteinn

Title: Brennisteinn

Artist: Sigur Rós

Album: Kveikur

Year: 2013

Genre: Post-Rock, Ambient

There’s an initial shock from hearing Sigur Rós, now a trio, reciprocating with the incorporation of fractious time signatures, clanking percussion and detuned, tremor-inducing guitars that more typically serve as a backdrop for scorched black-metal howls rather than Jonsi’s typically glistening, ascendant vocals. Ian Cohen, Pitchfork

Well that is true, and a lot of metal fans might find this doom-friendly tune more to their liking since it’s more like their early days of  Ágætis Byrjun and  ( )The band’s approach on this album certainly seems more aggressive. Aggressive being both the keyword and an understatement here!

The music video for “Brennisteinn” was released on March 22, 2013 to coincide with the official unveiling of Kveikur. Directed by Andrew Huang, who has also worked with Björk, the video lasts over eight minutes and features the band playing on an open stage, cutting back and forth between shots of the band and a narrative sequence which depicts the capture of a prisoner, his escape and chase. The entire music video is contrastless in black and white photography, with a color splash effect that brings color only to patches of the video that are colored in shades of yellow and contrasting colors of yellow and green.