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Where was it shot? “Black” by Dierks Bentley

Where was it shot? “Black” by Dierks Bentley

Published May 3, 2017

Valur Grettisson

So, even American country musicians have discovered our little sub-Arctic island, although relatively few Icelanders have discovered American country music. We have no idea who Dierks Bentley is, but he shot a dramatic music video in Sólheimasandar and Reynisfjara, and we were blown away by his weird, kitsch art. For Icelanders, the name Dierks Bentley is eerily close to Jerks, and, of course, the Bentley car brand. But most Icelanders have never heard this name before—we’re not even sure this video isn’t some kind of a meta-joke, like Ali G or Borat.

The song’s title is “Black.” The use of Iceland’s beaches is probably a statement to underline this dramatic title. In the beginning, Dierks sings in front of the wreckage of the famous crashed DC-3 airplane on Sólheimasandur—a popular destination for tourists, despite the fact that the farmer who own the land hates the attention, and is always trying to block the route.
Anyway, the plane wreckage is probably a more fitting metaphor for this hilarious video.

Dierks ends up, of course, with a hot lady, who flounces casually through the emptiness of Iceland in a light gown (a life-threatening situation, by the way). The couple end up in a steamy sex scene, and we’re still nowhere close to understanding the title of the song. Not that we were really listening, by now.

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