Sigur Rós members score BBC film about circuses, though they’re mostly in it for the free peanuts

Sigur Rós members score BBC film about circuses, though they're mostly in it for the free peanuts

I guess Man Man or Frog Eyes would’ve been obvious choices if the BBC had wanted to start their own circus, but given the reputation for animal maltreatment that circuses have recently been earning, as well as the stuffy image that the reliable news network seems destined to preserve, well… of course they’re doing a documentary! The Show of Shows is set for television premiere some time next year, and who better to score the historical chronicling of carnivals than a few members of an Icelandic band that had previously performed the marvelous(!), amazing(!), never-before-seen(!) feat of awakening various ETs? The music might work, too.

Enter Sigur Rós bassist Georg “Goggi” Hólm and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason via quintuple backflip down off the trapeze; they were joined by Sigur Rós contributors Kjartan Holm and composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson for the creation of a 14-song, 72-minute album called Circe, which is explicitly and deliberately associated with the documentary. Fortune shines on those who don’t give a hoot about educational programming though; those interested in just the music will only have to wait until August 21, when the album will be available on double LP, CD, and via digital download courtesy of Sigur Rós’ Krunk Records.

Those interested in educational programming should know that The Show of Shows contains a century of footage from vaudeville, circuses, and carnivals. There are also a couple of screenings scheduled. Here’s a trailer:

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