Posts Tagged ‘Beauty’

October 9, 2015

Mountain Lakes reveal that the eye can not do anything but choose to see in their well-crafted video ‘Eyesore’. There are so many things we classify as eyesores but as the video shows the whole world is art. “Eyesores” are beauties themselves. Despite our need to wash ourselves clean of them they become a part of us.

Legend 4K: A Journey Through Iceland (w/Mono)

October 6, 2012

How odd! I was just watching and listening to the 12 minute version of this yesterday  which is several months old. I shared it with a friend that just visited Iceland. And today, NPR goes and does a raving feature on a brand new abridged 6 minute version! The joint project features Mono and their grand post-rock song Legend. My timing is always impeccable! 😉 Get ready for sweeping, breathtaking views of Iceland (which I really must visit someday) and a cinematic soundtrack by the Japanese experimental rock band. They’re actually playing a show in San Francisco tonight, which I may or may not be able to make. I want to, but it really depends on other factors outside my control. 

Anyway, I’ll paste over the description for the video so that you can get the full picture of what this is…

This is the 4K resolution (4096 x 2304), 5 minute edited version of the music video Legend.

A joint collaboration with rock / ambient / experimental band MONO (, Legend takes you on an epic journey through Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun.

The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon’s glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.

Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.

Mono’s score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album “For my parents”. Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland – a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.

OFFICIAL VID: Sigur Rós – Dauðalogn

August 28, 2012

Dauðalogn is the latest track off Sigur Rós’ Valtari to get the Mystery Film Experiment video treatment. This one might be a little droll for some, but I find it very breathtaking and beautiful. The incredible footage of nature and night skies might seem screensaver like, but I don’t recall ever seeing one as stunning as this. Natural scenery goes well with the Icelandic post rock. The visuals look almost 3D with the clarity and slow motion panning within this. Oh boy, am I so ready to go out for some hiking or camping after watching this….

OFFICIAL VID: Sigur Rós – Varúð

June 6, 2012

A little congratulating is in order for Iceland’s post-rock genius Sigur Rós. Their new album Valtari debuted on the Billboard 200 at #7! That is a heckuva feat for a post-rock band. It’s proof right there of how much their music transcends mainstream musical taste and touches the human soul and heart. How can it not, when their music is this incredible and fantastic? Jónsi’s voice never fails in taking me on incredible journeys. Below is the new video for Valtari track Varúð. Same as their heavenly music, the video is minimalist and gorgeous. It is directed by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir and is another part of the “Mystery Film Experiment” series for Valtari. The series features 12 different directors. 

Great use of Rivers and Roads

December 13, 2011

Just watched this beautiful video that encapsulates the heart and feel of New York City in one minute. Within that one minute is a timelapse from one vantage point in the city, the 51st floor of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. The location is the second highest place in Manhattan. The added combination of Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart as the soundtrack brings the video to near perfection. Read more about the video on gizmodo. Had to share this one… watch below:

Rivers & Roads from Ryan&Heidi on Vimeo.

BON IVER on NPR’s World Cafe.

September 2, 2011

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Guess who’s live on World Cafe today? Bon Iver!!! Check it out here… and get ready for heartwrenching beauty.

One of the awesome things about Justin Vernon is that he always switches arrangements around and utilizes different sounds with his live performances.. it’s not like listening to the album again. He changes it up. And not just the vocals, but the instrumentals, the layering… the emotion.. Genius…

I cannot wait to see him live in a few weeks…

UPDATE: The stripped down solo piano version of Beth/Rest is amazing, I like it more than the version on the album

We all feel the same

August 24, 2011

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Bon Iver posted this fan video for Holocene this morning on their Jagjaguwar records blog. According to them, the similarities are completely coincidental. Instead of Iceland, this fan’s video was shot in beautiful New Zealand. Which one’s more beautiful? I’d like to visit both these countries someday! Which video do you like more? Which kid is cuter? Video vs video! The fan video is much shorter and does not span the full song.

I’ve previously posted the amazing official Holocene video already, but I’ll post both versions here for comparison:

BON IVER “Holocene” from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Bon Iver – ‘Holocene’ Unofficial Music Video from Dylan Wiehahn on Vimeo.

Do remember that one of these must have had a MUCH smaller budget, I think you can logically figure out which one it must be. Very impressive indeed, but I like the official video more. While the landscapes in the fan video are just as beautiful, filmography wise, the official video flows much better and fits the feel of the song more.

The quality setting it above isn’t from the beautiful scenery, it’s debatable which video has more breathtaking sweeping landscapes, it’s more the feeling you get watching the boy out there in the Icelandic wilderness: climbing, playing king of the mountain, showing such freedom of spirit. In the fan video, the young actor doesn’t express this as well since the shots of him show him gazing into or past the camera, with actions being limited to a few short clips of him somewhat jogging in a meadow or at some other locale. 

In other words, the official video felt more natural, a peek into a real Icelandic kid’s life out in the beautiful untouched pristine wilderness. We get a strong feeling of innocence, a bittersweet reflection of ourselves and what we still have or don’t have anymore inside us somewhere.  It’s still there though, just hiding under so much… Am I getting too deep here? 😉  The fan video felt much more staged, as beautiful as it is too. Again, one is a fan video with a much lower budget, so still VERY impressive work. And it’s interesting that people take away the such similar imagery and emotion from one song and can like-mindedly create from it. It’s a testament to the strength of one piece of music and what it can convey and communicate.

Lull you to sleep with promises of vivid dreams…

August 24, 2011


Time for some chill post rock before bed, so I don’t get all hyped up. Here’s some good ones:

Beautiful, huh? =) I’ll finish off with a favorite This Will Destroy You track…

August 21, 2011


While mathematics may be the universal language of the mind, music is the universal language of the soul

It’s always nice to end the night…

August 20, 2011


..with some beautiful post-rock songs. Or to wake up to them as they paint pictures in your mind and take you to such highs and lows while you relate to them in your own individual ways. 

Here’s a song from God is An Astronaut. They are playing at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco this Saturday night, August 20th. I was seriously considering going, but don’t think I can make it. Those going, please enjoy for me!

I can’t wait to catch the band Explosions in the Sky live the next month or two, they are likely my favorite post-rock band. Explosions will be at the Treasure Island Music Fest, and also at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, which must be an absolutely breathtaking setting for their music. The Album Leaf and many others are up there on my list too.

Here’s one of my fave EITS songs, the sound quality isn’t the best, and there are good quality uploads on youtube, but you get the raw quality of the live jam. Obviously, you can still tell how moving and awe inspiring the song is regardless.