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Sigur Rós – Andvari

Perhaps no piece of music is so hauntingly beautiful as from that highly talented Icelandic band, Sigur Rós. These boys are known for their ethereal sound.

From their fourth studio album, Andvari as it is officially known or Gong Endir as it appears on their album Takk (2005), has all the hallmarks of a Sigur Rós track. This melody makes extensive use of changing rhythmic time signatures. The main melody repeats itself every 27 beats with stress on beats 1, 5, 9, 11, 16, 20 and 25. This could be rendered as seven bars of 4, 4, 2, 5, 4, 5 and 3 beats respectively. Against this there is a steady counter-rhythm of triple time, which could be rendered as eighteen bars of 3/8 time per 27-beat cycle. Incredible musical accomplishment!

When conceptualising the video for this piece of music, I wanted to create a simple story but wanted to remain true to the only literal translation that could be deciphered from it. ‘Endir’ is Icelandic for ‘The End’ or ‘Ending.’

A heart-wrenching  sound required a chronicle to suit and the result was this story of a young couple splitting up, a marriage in tatters. And as is all too often the case, a child somewhere bears the biggest brunt of such devastation. The use of emblazoned light on the child in contrast to the dark, shadowy clips of his parents reflects who should rightly be of central importance.

The clip was shot a few years ago but the track was never released as a single. This video has remained on the archived shelves for years before dusting it off and uploading it to share with the public!

I feel I should mention that no children were harmed in the making of this video! The baby was played by the director’s son and filmed on location at his home. Of course all babies cry and his tearful scenes were just an solitary episode, a mere documentation of such natural behaviour.

The young couple were played by Martin Clark and Gemma Quinn. Director was Kris Koster.

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