Watch Sigur Rós' Time-Lapse of "Route One"

Watch Sigur Rós' Time-Lapse of "Route One"

In collaboration with Tate Modern, the Icelandic band unfold the country's scenic landscape in a raw home video

In collaboration with Tate Modern, the Icelandic band unfold the country's scenic landscape in a raw home video

Text: Grace Walker

In an artistic statement last month, Icelandic band Sigur Rós released the abstract “Route One,” a 24 hour video documenting a drive around Iceland’s coastal ring road.  The footage is misty and organic, with close to no editing--and despite it being a little monotonous and extensive in length, the clip undoubtedly matches the band’s minimalist aesthetic elements.

The band have now minimized the winding work down to a bitesize chunk, sharing a condensed version of the road trip in the form of a time-lapse. The video is five minutes in length and is backed by the mellow melody of Sigur Rós' new song, Óveður. For those unfamiliar with the band's vision, the clip acts as a steady and poignant introduction. With the original video receiving high appraisal (and a whopping half a million viewers live-streaming), the group have been spurred on to produce an HD version of "Route One" in full. But before that, sit back and wallow yourself into a momentary sense of escapism with the band's unique time-lapse--it's strangely soothing.

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