Filed under: Editor Picks, Emerging Artists, Industry News, Music Videos | Tags: avant garde, Dark Was the Night, Editor's Picks, Iceland, instrumental, Jon Birgisson, new album, Riceboy Sleeps, side project, Sigur Ros
Riceboy Sleep’s debut album was edited in a Hawaiian raw food commune on solar-powered laptops by the avant-garde legend who brought you cryptic album names like ( ) and entire songs in invented and/or obscure Nordic languages. If that isn’t already enough of a sell, I’m not quite sure what is.
Riceboy Sleeps is a duo composed of Sigur Ros frontman Jon Birgisson and partner Alex Somers, known previously for their collaborative illustration, photography and art video work. The two have been kicking around the music scene for a few years (you might remember their track “Happiness” on the Dark Was the Night compilation) but this is their first studio release.
The nine-track LP will feature just over an hour of acoustic instrumental tracks, including work by Icelandic quartet Amiina and the Kopavogsdaetur choir, and will be released July 20 on Parlophone. If the ethereal music videos for “All the Big Trees” (above) and “Daniell in the Sea” are any indication, it should be absolutely epic.
– Caitlin Dewey, front of book editor
DOWNLOAD: “Happiness” by Riceboy Sleeps