A mysterious post last night by Icelandic outfit Sigur Rós included a looped visual and the suggestion of a special event starting this morning titled #SigurRosRouteOne.
Now the event has been revealed to be a 24 hours live stream in celebration of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
The video thus far has paired a Slow TV style of stream soundtracked by the band’s brand new music, including new track Oveour, with continuous driving footage featuring some of Iceland’s longest highways and most picturesque country landscapes.
“Starting at tonight’s summer solstice and continuing throughout the longest day of the year, ‘Route One’ is a 1332km journey the whole way round Iceland’s coastal ring road, broadcasting the trip live in its entirety, via national television channel Rúv 2,” reveals theYouTube description of the streaming video.
“In a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast, we wanted to do the exact opposite,” says Sigur Rós’s Jónsi Birgisson. “Slow TV is counter-active to the world we live in, in that it happens in real time and real slow.”
The journey will pass by notable Icelandic landmarks including Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice-sheet; the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón; as well as the east fjords and the desolate black sands of Möðrudalur.
“The soundtrack to the journey is being created moment-by-moment via generative music software,” reads the description. “The individual musical elements of unreleased song, and current Sigur Rós festival set opener, óveður, are seeded through the evolving music app bronze, to create a unique ephemeral sonic experience. Headphones, external speakers and full-screen viewing are recommended.”
Watch: Sigur Rós – Route One