Icelandic rock vets Sigur Rós have shared a brand-new version of their tender, piano-driven Takk… classic “Hoppípolla.” The original 2005 version of the song was used in the trailer for the first season of the widely beloved BBC series Planet Earth, and the band’s new version of the song was created especially for the show’s second season, which premieres on January 28 in America. Sigur Rós also shared a statement about the mix, posted to the BBC’s website:
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.
Watch the trailer for Planet Earth 2 featuring the song, and listen to the full track below.