Thursday, January 21, 2010
Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós is releasing his debut solo album Go in a couple of months, and while it isn't quite the same as getting a new album from from the band itself, from the sounds of debut single "Boy Lilikoi" it is going to be a splendor in itself. NPR's podcast All Songs Considered is currently streaming the track, and it's a lush, cheerful cut that finds Birgisson singing in English. That's right - in English!
It really is a beautiful and engaging piece, and highly recommended from myself. While his album last year he created with his boyfriend Alex Somers titled Riceboy Sleeps (releases as Jonsi and Alex) was a decent enough release, it really was more of the same atmospheric touchstones Sigur Rós has been perfecting for a decade now. This sounds more in the direction Rós' last album touched on, and is decidedly more upbeat than we've come to expect from his sound. Check it out at NPR, or at Jónsi's site.
Jónsi's debut album Go will be released March 22nd, 2010.