Watch Sigur Ros Navigate a Nuclear Wasteland in ‘Kveikur’
An apocalyptic video for the Icelanders' seventh LP, due June 18 via XL Recordings
Back in March, Sigur Rós debuted “Kveikur,” the foreboding title track off the symphonic proggers’ “aggressive” new album. Now, following previously released clips for “Brennistein” and “Ísjaki,” the Icelandic maestros have shared an official video for “Kveikur.” The above short blends visuals used in the band’s live show with repurposed footage taken from the British Film Institute’s archive. Much of it is grainy and difficult to discern: An image of a horse emerges early on, while tracking shots of cars make the ending. But in the middle, Sigur Rós delve into the song’s End of Days-obsessed outlook. Mushroom clouds suddenly blossom across the screen as trees and vehicles are devastated amid nuclear holocaust. As SPIN noted during this year’s Coachella, Sigur Rós are going harder than Godspeed You! Black Emperor.