BBC’s Planet Earth documentary series has returned for a second season, a full decade after the phenomenal first series was released. The new episodes are also set to be narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and on the soundtrack front they’ve enjoyed a little soundtrack help from Sigur Rós. The Icelandic group initially lent their Takk standout piece Hoppípolla to the first season, which was released ten years ago. They have now recorded a brand new version of the sprawling, atmospheric opus for the second season, which will make its way to Australian TV in 2017, and is available now on BBC iPlayer if you can access it with a VPN.
The band gave a statement on the BBC website, explaining the inspiration for the new version and working with the documentary series, highlighting the natural beauty and wonder of heir native Iceland: “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.”