1. SÓLSTAFIR "FJARA" (Official Video)


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    Winner of Best Music Video at the X-ið Music Awards, 2.17.12 From directors Bowen Staines (DontPanicIceland.com) & Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson (SIR.is), comes a new project for Iceland’s masters of psychedelic metal, Sólstafir. The video is for the song, “Fjara”, off Sólstafir’s chart-topping double album, 'Svartir Sandar'. The conceptualization for the video began back in July of 2011, and started production in late-September. The story follows a young woman who bears a difficult and woeful burden, obsessively dragging behind her a large, timber coffin. Her intentions are uncertain, as she encounters Four Spirits along the way - the Earth, the Desert, the Enlightened, and the Devoted - like lighthouses guiding her path. The ultimate purpose of her journey is slowly revealed through her encounters with these Spirits. The lead role was gladly given to Rebekka Kolbeinsdóttir, an exceptionally talented actress and versatile musician. Rebekka’s enthusiasm and commitment to the project was immediately evident, and there is no doubt that “Fjara” would be a completely different video had she not been involved. Wearing a thin wedding dress in the middle of November, barefooted, pulling a coffin nearly twice one’s weight through the Icelandic wilderness is not an easy task. The original intent was to have the video shot and completed before “Svartir Sandar” was released on October 14th, but due to increasing complexity of the latter scenes, the considerable time needed for postproduction, and some of the most awful, unpleasant weather so far that month, “Fjara” was not completed until the beginning of January. Thankfully, we had the privilege of working with the extremely enthusiastic members of Sólstafir, who always stayed several steps ahead to insure production went smoothly. Kolla Jónsdóttir generously lent her time and expertise in designing the costumes and doing make-up, and Jakob Veigar Sigurðsson assisted in finding great locations and making sure the team had places to stay. Shooting wrapped at the end of November, on a particularly memorable and unusual Sunday morning. With only the last shot remaining, the crew arrived at the Skógafoss waterfall at sunrise. Over the course of the next hour, the 70kg timber coffin was carried to the top of the waterfall, affixed with floatation and a small ContourHD waterproof camera, and carefully lowered into the rushing water. With only a bungee cord and rope tied around his waist, Sólstafir drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason, waded into the water and pulled the coffin to the middle of the stream - mere meters from the edge of the falls. He was quoted at the time, saying “I’m not really nervous about going over, I’m just ready to finally get rid of this thing!” After nearly another hour of preparation and careful adjustments mid-stream, the coffin finally coasted to the edge of Skógafoss, and plummeted spectacularly downwards to its explosive end. To everyone’s surprise, the camera we had attached to the coffin was successfully recovered, and is the last shot to appear in the video. The directors and band wish to thank everyone who was involved in the production of “Fjara”, and hope you will enjoy it! PRODUCTION DETAILS Presented by DON'T PANIC FILMS & SEASON OF MIST Produced by Guðmundur Óli Pálmason & SÓLSTAFIR Directed by Bowen Staines & Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson Filmed by Bowen Staines & Gunnar B. Guðbjörnsson Edited by Bowen Staines Starring Rebekka Kolbeinsdóttir FULL CAST, CREW LISTING, & SPECIAL THANKS AT END OF VIDEO DontPanicIceland.com SIR.is Solstafir.net

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    • The Sleepless In Reykjavik WebTv Show 2011 - Episode 1


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      The Sleepless In Reykjavik WebTv Show 2011 - Episode 1 FM957 Listeners Awards and Solstafir in the "Sundlaugin" studio "The new season of the Sleepless In Reykjavik WebTV Show has has been unleashed on the internet, again! The brainchild of filmmaker and music fanatic Gunnar B. Gudbjornsson. "I started the show because I love music," states Gunnar. "I can't play or sing a note to save my life but I'm good with visuals so this is my contribution to the music scene." The show is dedicated to all Icelandic music with no emphasis on any specific genre, just good music from all over Iceland." For more information, please visit the Sleepless In Reykjavik website www.SIR.is or visit the Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/SleeplessInReykjavik want more ? go to http://icelandtravelblog.net/category/sleepless-in-reykjavik/ for a detailed blog about each episode And for those who love us so much they want to wear us, you can go here: http://sleeplessinreykjavik.totomerch.com/

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      • SÓLSTAFIR - Svartir Sandar teaser


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        A medley of all 12 songs on 2011's "Svartir Sandar". The paintings are the work of Kim Holm and are all featured in the booklet of the album. Out on October 14, 2011.

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