Early 2020, the Icelandic band Kaleo released two singles from their upcoming album, “Surface Sounds”. The songs were “I Want More” and “Break My Baby”, but the album release was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The album is now back on track and is set to be released on April 23rd.
Yesterday, the band debuted a video to “Break My Baby” which was shot at the remote Þrídrangaviti, a red-roofed lighthouse which sits high atop a small, rocky island about 40 metres above the raging Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse and the rugged outcrop on which it sits is located near the Westman Islands, a volcanic archipelago just off the south coast of Iceland’s mainland.
The Loneliest Lighthouse
Þrídrangaviti was built right before World War II for not just naval navigation but also maritime safety. Since this was before the time of helicopters, all material for the construction had to be brought to the island by boat. The crew then had to scale the cliffs with it before assembling — which was no easy feat.
Kaleo’s frontman, Jökull Júlíusson, said that “it’s a privilege to get to play at a location so few have ever visited. Your mind goes to the Westman Islanders who first climbed the rock pillar without any safety gear, and what sort of supermen they must have been”.
Nowadays, any repairs to the lighthouse are done by a helicopter, and that is also how the band managed to land on the island. They set out last summer for the shoot. Júlíusson noted how appropriate a remote location was for these unprecedented times. Thankfully, the band was safe, and they also got lucky with the weather conditions, which resulted in this stunning video.
On an Iceberg & Inside a Volcano
This isn’t the first time Kaleo has used Iceland’s spectacular and unusual nature for their videos. For their single “Save Yourself” off the 2016 album A/B, they set up their instruments on a moving iceberg on Fjallsárlón Lagoon, and the music video for the song “Way Down We Go” — off the same album — was filmed inside an inactive volcano.