Published Nov 24, 2016Stoned nature enthusiasts everywhere were given the gift of Planet Earth II earlier this month, which finds David Attenborough resuming his role as the BBC series's presenter. He's not the only who's reprised his involvement with the show, though.
Icelandic post-rock ensemble Sigur Rós contributed their song "Hoppípolla" to the original series back in 2006, and now they've shared a new version of that song in conjunction with latest round of episodes.
The band don't typically accept commercial offers, but felt strongly about the message imparted by Planet Earth II. The gave a statement to the BBC about their involvement with the music on the show, which reads:
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.
Below, listen to the 2016 rework of "Hoppípolla" by Sigur Rós.