Sigur Rós have shared a new version of ‘Hoppípolla’ that was created specially for the David Attenborough-presented BBC series Planet Earth II.
The original version of the song appeared on their 2005 album ‘Takk’ and was also featured on the soundtrack for the trailer of Planet Earth series one in 2006.
Speaking in a statement issued via the BBC, the band said; “In Iceland we are blessed with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wild and untamed places. But even here, in the very furthest flung corners of Europe’s largest wilderness, the scars of human industry are visible, the plans for future encroachments, by dam and smelter, legion.” You can hear the new version of ‘Hoppípolla’ below.
They continued; “If lost the Icelandic highlands are not recoverable. Around the world the story is the same; the traffic, literally, going in one direction. Sigur Rós are proud to be associated with Planet Earth II and its all-important mission to hold us rapt in understanding of, and respect for, this endlessly fascinating, utterly surprising and ultimately fragile place we are lucky enough to call home for a short while.”
Earlier this year the band revealed a full 360°-version of the ‘Route One’ project, which allows users to enjoy a rotational view of the Icelandic countryside. The band also unveiled a collaboration with Tate Modern featuring an interactive video experience alongside new music.
Titled ‘States of Matter’, the project was split into four “visual journeys” – plasma, air, solid and liquid – which explored the “past, present and future of Tate Modern, the Bankside building that hosts it in London and its new extension.”