Torch Ballads & Jukebox Music

Icelandic Charm School

By posted at 1:52 pm on June 9, 2008 4

Do you know the band Seabear?

It is possible that you do and you do not know it if you’ve seen the strange and enthralling Michel Gondry movie The Science of Sleep (kind of a cross between The Life Aquatic or Rushmore and Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth), which featured Seabear’s song “I Sing, I Swim.” But the song that had me at hello was “Arms,” of which there is a delightful homemade video on YouTube. I dare you not be taken in – by the song itself (“you left your dark horse in the stable”), by Ole saying “banjo” and Inga’s rolling of her “r,” and by the anonymous little Martha Graham in the background. (It is a desolate soul that doesn’t have a nook for Seabear.)

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4 Responses to “Icelandic Charm School”

  1. 1minutefilmreview
    at 11:28 am on June 10, 2008

    Gondry's films are great as well as Toro's. Loved them!

  2. Anonymous
    at 1:16 pm on June 12, 2008

    "Strange and enthralling"? How about cute and intellectually and emotionally simplistic?

  3. maitresse
    at 6:09 pm on June 16, 2008

    seabear, yes!

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