What I Heard This Morning: Jónsi and Alex
Riceboy Sleeps is the name of the upcoming album from Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós and his companion, Alex Somers. The album is to release later this month, but a free MP3 is being offered to anyone willing enough to give up their email address.
Lately, I've been inundated with ambient music: swelling tones, shapeless auras, floating textures...(adjective + 50 cent word = unique observation regarding art, beauty, subtlety, atmosphere, etc.). If you hear enough of it, the music begins to mean less and less as it carries no signature and easily fades its category, another homogenized addition to the canon.
But, as Sigur Rós basically eats and sleeps atmosphere, Jónsi brings the same intensity to this project, making it a distinct stepson of the Sigur Rós tradition. The results are undeniably beautiful.
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