Following Field Music’s live performance we head round the corner, for a night of even more film and music. Having teamed up with Berwick’s upcoming Frontier Festival, we bring you an evening of some of the best music videos to come out of Scandinavia in the past few years.
A pick ‘n’ mix selection of some of the best music videos from Scandinavia in recent years. With some of the most talented artists and filmmakers from Northern Europe behind the camera, this selection just goes to show that there is more to promotion than bands performing to camera, and that the music video itself is an art form.
Presented in partnership with the forthcoming Frontier Music Festival.
Varúð (Sigur Rós)
Inga Birgisdóttir | Iceland | 2012 | 7min
Last year Sigur Rós commissioned a dozen filmmakers the to create a video for each track on their new album Valtari. The artists had complete creative freedom, with the band completely unaware of what to expect. Varúð is "Film #2."
Last Song (Budam)
Katrin Ottarsdóttir | Faroe Islands | 2011 | 6min
Music video for Last Song from the album Man by Budam (2011), and starring Ása Wraae. Budam is a singer, songwriter, theatre composer and an actor from the Faroe Islands, based in Copenhagen.
Krummavísur (Luca Brembilla & Árni Bergur Zoëg)
Chris Paul Daniels | UK, Iceland | 2012 | 6min
An experimental music video reinterpreting a traditional Icelandic folk song. Super-8 footage by Chris Paul Daniels combines with music composed and performed by Luca Brembilla and Árni Bergur Zoëga, (also featuring Dísa Hreiðarsdóttir and Sveinn Enok Jóhannsson) in response to, Krummavísur, a traditional Icelandic folksong.
The Living Layer (Efterklang)
Malthe Fischer & Eleanor Bock Lund | Denmark | 2012 | 4min
The Living Layer is the fifth song on Efterklang´s 4th album Piramidia which premiered with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sydney Opera House, and was recently performed with Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead. In this video, collages of roadside snow and modern Copenhagen architecture sets the setting for this cosmic journey through the song.
Day (Jaga Jazzist)
AKFF! | Norway | 2009 | 3min
Jaga Jazzist is widely considered to be one of the premier acts of the so-called nu-jazz movement of Scandinavia, featuring trumpets, trombone, electric guitar, bass, tuba, bass clarinets, Fender Rhodes, vibraphone and a rack of electronics, as well as strong melodies and rhythm.
This Must Be It (Röyksopp)
Andreas Nilsson | Sweden | 2009 | 3min
Röyksopp is a two-headed norwegian monster, dealing within the realm of contemporary electronic music. Their 2009 single This Must Be It features the vocals of Karin Dreijer Andersson (The Knife, Fever Ray).
Paddling Out (Miike Snow)
Andreas Nilsson | Sweden | 2012 | 4min
Paddling Out by Miike Snow is from their 2012 album Happy To You, and featured in a 2013 Budweiser commercial. The video features a man who awakens on the floor of his house, but is actually aboard an alien ship, where he is given plastic surgery. Hating his new appearance, the man "dances his sadness away."
Ongir Pengar (Teitur)
Marianna Mørkøre & Maria Arnell | Faroe Islands | 2007 | 3min
Teitur Lassen is an award-winning Faroese musician, singer-songwriter and producer. Ongir Pengar is from Teitur's album Káta Hornid, an album performed entirely in his native Faroese language and released in 2007.
A Tooth For An Eye (The Knife)
Roxy Farhat & Kakan Hermansson | Sweden | 2013 | 5min
A Tooth For An Eye deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance...
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