Sigur Ros Route One

FULL SCREEN: Sigur Rós takes us on a journey through 24 hours of Iceland sun

PLUS: Courtney Barnett becomes the elevator operator, Seaway covers Alanis.

- Jul 7, 2016
Full Screen is our rumination on the remarkable music videos of the day. Today, a beautiful art project from Sigur Rós, a funny elevator sketch from Courtney Barnett, and an Alanis cover from the Oakville boys in Seaway.

Sigur Rós, "Route One" (Timelapse)

Sigur Rós - Route One (Timelapse)

On the longest day of the year in Iceland, the sun never really goes down, it just dips for a bit after midnight. So rather than sleep, Sigur Rós spent a whole 24 hours at a steady 60kph driving Route 1, a road that circles the entirety of the country, set it to a soundtrack generated in real time to the band's “Óveður,” and broadcast it live on RUV, the national TV network. They called it "Slow TV." Over 500,000 people watched (which is more than the population of Iceland).

At the risk of puncturing their own concept a couple of weeks after the summer sostice, Sigur Rós have now turned the journey into a five-and-a-half-minute timelapse. It's still meditative and grand in all the ways you expect anything related to Sigur Rós to be, circling through mountains and lakes, slowing to watch ponies graze at the side of the road, accumulating droplets of rain, and never quite going dark. - Richard Trapunski

Courtney Barnett, "Elevator Operator"

Courtney Barnett - Elevator Operator

Courtney Barnett takes the lead role as elevator operator, and it seems like she's playing her thick-haired character, Oliver Paul, pretty loose, riding the elevator up and down, dealing with people's crazy BS the whole time. It's too bad he's not versed in indie rock or comedy culture, otherwise she'd be pretty starstruck around Sleater-Kinney, Jeff Tweedy, and the other cameos that turn it into a Portlandia-esque sketch. Despite it all, she still maintains an aura of apathy, and although her appearance seems melancholy, she's not planning on jumping off the roof. She just went up there for perception and clarity. - Adam Pugsley

Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is available now via Mom + Pop.

Seaway, "Hand In My Pocket" (Alanis Morissette Cover)

Seaway "Hand In My Pocket" (Alanis Morissette Cover)

Seems like the boys in Seaway were feeling a bit of national pride after this past Canada Day weekend. They've taken it upon themselves to cover fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette's 1995 Jagged Little Pill single "Hand In My Pocket," sharing footage of themselves hanging out during the recording process. They stick pretty close to the original, with a bit more of a pop punk edge of course, but with refreshingly little smirk. - Adam Pugsley 

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