Sigur Rós Drops New Live Video for “Stendur æva” featuring Steindór Andersen, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson & María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
- Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós has dropped a new live video for “Stendur æva” with Icelandic artists Steindór Andersen, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir.
The video filmed in Paris in September 2004. The song will appear on their new album “Odin's Raven Magic”, which is set to be released on December 4, 2020.
The performance honours the poem, dramatic and beautiful, classical and contemporary. A stone marimba was built especially for the performance by Páll Guðmundsson.
The album is an orchestral collaboration between Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir which premiered 18 years ago at the Barbican Centre in London. Now finally almost two decades later, the band will release the album.
The album title is named from a chapter in Iceland's medieval literary canon known as the Edda.
- “Hrafnagaldur Óðins [Odin's Raven Magic] has lots of interpretation and implications that fire up the imagination,” Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson said of the poem. “It's a very visual poem, with images all about falling down, and a world freezing from north to south. It was an apocalyptic warning. Perhaps the people of the time felt it in their skins. Today, of course, Iceland is involved in environmental issues surrounding hydro-electric power and the destruction of the highlands. We are being warned again.”
Odin's Raven Magic - the poem - had been relegated from mainstream ancient literature ever since 1867, when Norwegian scholar Sophus Bugge claimed it was a 17th century fabrication. The new research has concluded that Odin's Raven Magic was indeed authentic and has finally been reintroduced to the Edda.
- source : Rolling Stone