Aug 19, 2011 12:00AM

Watch: Bon Iver's 'Holocene'

Bon Iver's breathtaking new video — shot in Iceland!

The first thing that springs to mind when we think of Iceland is ice, which is pretty self-explanatory really. The second thing that we think of is elves — perhaps it's because Icelandic names, with their squiggly little embellishments, look like they've been lifted from the pages of Lord Of The Rings. In fact, belief in elves, or huldufólk, is so entrenched that when seeking approval for construction, one must first perform an assessment of the surrounding area's folkloric importance. Bon Iver's latest video clip was filmed in Iceland. There aren't any elves, but there's ice — and other topographical features typical of a volcanic landscape on the doorstep of the Northern Lights. The video depicts a cherubic blue-eyed boy waking up, pulling on a fuzzy jumper, running amok, skipping stones across (very cold-looking) water and climbing an impressive-looking cliff.

The background footage is breathtaking and fits seamlessly with Bon Iver's track 'Holocene', because it pretty much looks the way the music sounds. It was shot by friend of Oyster and award-winning documentary maker Nabil Elderkin, who told National Geographic that he chose Iceland because "it is the most magical place in the world. It looked like Mars to me, so I always wanted to shoot there. When Bon Iver gave me the reins on this video, I knew it had to be filmed there." Oyster is lucky enough to have behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. They're going to be published in our October/November issue, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

Joanna Lowry