Back in March 2006, the BBC introduced a docu-series entitled ‘Planet Earth’. The episodes featured stunning footage of wild spaces around the world, unspoiled by human encroachment. Viewers were treated to the sight of lush seasonal forests and jungles filled with rare birds and animals. The scenes were accompanied by mild but highly stimulating music, and one of the songs used in the background of the show was ‘Hoppípolla’ off Sigur Rós’s 2005 album ‘Takk…’.
10 years later the partnership between the Icelandic band and the British broadcaster has been rekindled. Sigur Rós have made a special rendition of that piano-driven rock ballad for the second instalment of the BBC’s hit nature show ‘Planet Earth II’. In the statement below, the group made it clear why they chose to lend their talents to the show:
“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. 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.”
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