Valgeir Sigurdsson may not be a household name, but he has worked some pretty amazing people. The Icelandic record producer has been Bjork's right hand studio man since 1998, and has even done some time with Maps, CocoRosie, Sigur Ros and Mum.
His new album, Ekvilibrium, comes out September 11 via Sigurdsson's label, Bedroom Community, and the first video is simply beautiful. Vocals are from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and the director's notes explain the process and ideology best.
Notes From The Director:
The video is made with a mixture of three different methods; the main part is made with oil paint that is animated frame by frame on top of under-lit glass. Line drawings are scratched with a needle on the surface of a 35mm film and layered on top of the painted animation. The third visual is a recording of an experimental 16mm film performance by the artist Miles A. Martinez.
The usage of these different textures in these handcrafted and often slightly rough visuals are meant to illustrate the different textures and layers in the song. The visuals are also illustrating the lyrics of the song that can be interpreted as either metaphors or real situations. Most of the video seems to happen underwater or perhaps in the mind of one man. There are glimpses into scenes that suggest a love story but it is left to the audience to put the puzzles together and create their own version of it.
"Evolution Of Waters"