Kjartan Sveinsson is an Icelandic  composer, musician and performer, better known as a former member of Sigur Rós (from 1997 to 2012). He released a new album titled Last Farm; it is his first commercially available soundtrack, his accompaniment to Rúnar Rúnarsson’s acclaimed 2004 short film The Last Farm.

On the release, Sveinsson says, “I’d planned to release my film music as one album. But for one reason or another, different parts of life got in the way, and it didn’t happen. But with the world as it is because of COVID, I decided to release something.”

The soundtrack, comprised of five exquisite instrumentals for string quartet, are a perfect match for director Rúnarsson’s similarly concise, delicately haunting and heart-rendering portrait of love and loss. The mood is sombre but comforting too, depicting a refuge in nature, away from the maddening crowds, and a reminder of our mortality and the degrees of loneliness we endure.

Sveinsson found the film, “very strong and surprising. And really moving.” The visual and sonic mood is sombre but comforting too, depicting a refuge in nature, away from the maddening crowds, and a reminder of our mortality and the degrees of loneliness we endure. Sveinsson admits he wasn’t thinking, “philosophically” when he decided to release this soundtrack. “But who knows, underneath, I might have been!”