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Album Review

Jónsi (Jon Thor Birgisson) and Alex (Alex Somers) worked on the album that became Riceboy Sleeps on and off for almost five years. After taking a month to finish and mix it, the result is an album that sounds remarkably like the band Jónsi fronts, Sigur Rós. A lot of times side projects serve as outlets for music that the band would never attempt; Riceboy Sleeps sounds like it's made of stray Sigur Rós moments the group spent tuning orchestras, warming up vocal choirs, or checking levels. Fortunately, even stray moments by Sigur Rós prove to be lovely and transcendent. The songs on the album drift on shifting waves of strings (provided by longtime SR collaborators Amiina), children's choirs, treated pianos, and underwater soundscapes. The music Jónsi & Alex create is ambient but not boring, quiet but not sleepy (despite the name); the combination of sounds and the way the duo manipulates them manage to hold interest even though the songs are lengthy and have a very consistent tone. It's really less of a tone and more of a spell — the introspective, meditative songs take hold quickly and leave you feeling the album long after it stops spinning. That the pair managed to make such a captivating record while using Jónsi's remarkable vocals only once (they make a stunning cameo at the conclusion of "Indian Summer") is a testament to their skill and vision. Riceboy Sleeps has all the majestic calm of Sigur Rós with none of the dramatic storm, all of the lull and none of the squall.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Beautiful but.....

iTunes- you're selling the album at $9.99. It's cheaper just to buy each individual song. Stop charging an extra buck just for the booklet...


how can something so perfect be made by human hands? simply splendid.

I am that ribbon floating through eternity

An album that rates with Sigur Ros and rightfully so. One that is a soundscape that will take you beyond what you label and identify with yourself and ego to that of one with eternity. The sounds, vibratory force, and feeling of this album make you realize that all is one ( a soundtrack to life ). Something that I've always enjoyed from listening to Sigur Ros. While similar to Sigur Ros it stands on its own. Thank you Jonsi and Alex. May all who come across this album see beyond that that is and find that which is real and true. Namaste, C Jonny V


Genre: Alternative

Iceland's Jon Thor Birgisson (the ethereal-voiced lead singer and frontman of Sigur Rós) and his boyfriend Alex Somers (a member of the band Parachutes and the designer of much of the graphic contact for Sigur Rós' albums) create gently atmospheric work in a variety of media, encompassing ambient and instrumental music, visual art, and video work. The pair began collaborating in 2003, taking the name Riceboy Sleeps as a catch-all moniker for their work together -- the phrase was the title of a song...
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