When you mention Iceland, people envision Glaciers, Volcanoes, Bjork and Sigur Ros. But Iceland is much more than that. As you can tell from my previous posts there are so many talented bands in Iceland that just don’t get the recognition. A recent documentary entitled “Iceland: Beyond Sigur Ros” showcases some of the lesser known talents that range from commercial pop to black metal to electro-classical. Interviews with Icelandic reporters and musicians discuss the view from within Iceland and the perceived view from the outside. At Iceland Airwaves (The fantastic music festival we attended in October) there were over 200 Icelandic bands. 200 bands capable of performing in a music festival from a population of 300,000 people. That is impressive. And the variety of music is exactly what you would expect from any country. Check out the trailer below and watch the documentary over here at their website. Several of the bands that we saw live in Iceland are featured in this documentary and it is a good introduction to Icelandic Music.
Kris also mentioned to me that he watched a music documentary on Iceland back in 2005 called “Screaming Masterpiece.” So I decided to watch it as well. This one is an introduction to Icelandic music and therefore features more bands, more performances, and more Bjork and Sigur Ros. It is also a very good watch, although it has a lot different of a focus than the earlier documentary. It also has some great performances from the mid 2000′ worth watching. So set aside some time and watch them both. The trailer is below and you can watch the full version here.