JÃ³nsi Birgisson‘s had a pretty busy couple of years.
Starting with the release of MeÃ° suÃ° Ã eyrum viÃ° spilum endalaust with Sigur RÃ³s in 2008, the Icelandic vocalist took some time off this year to prepare the release of his fabulous, ethereal collection Riceboy Sleeps, a collaborative effort with his boyfriend, Alex Somers.
Now, he’s on his own.
On March 22, 2010, JÃ³nsi will release his first solo album, entitled Go, on Parlophone Records.
According to the album’s press release, the singer’s debut encompasses “a backlog of songs JÃ³nsi had written that didnâ€™t seem to fit within the Sigur RÃ³s context,” many of which will be in English.
When he began working on â€˜Goâ€™, JÃ³nsi initially though he would be making a low-key, acoustic album until, as he says, â€œsomewhere along the line, it just sort of exploded.â€ That explosion resulted in sheer aural fireworks. Not a straight ahead pop record, nor rock, folk, ambient or electronic, it encompasses all of these to create an expansive musical palette thatâ€™s been brought to life by JÃ³nsi alongside a number of free-spirited collaborators.
â€˜Goâ€™ completes a personal journey for JÃ³nsi away from the wordless and near-brutal sonic monoliths of Sigur RÃ³sâ€™ untitled ( ) album, and is a bold stride beyond the career-redefining pop of â€˜Hoppipollaâ€™ and even the explosive percussive assault of the last albumâ€™s â€˜Gobbledigookâ€™.
Along with the announcement of the new album comes a new website for his solo work, which is worth checking out merely because of what happens when you hover and click on each letter of his name on the site’s opening page. Isn’t that cute?
But more than some nifty graphic design, JÃ³nsi’s official site overs up a free download of one of the upcoming tracks from the album, “Boy Lilikoi.”
As you might have expected from the press release, it’s entirely different from what you’ve heard in the past. While the music may borrow from Sigur RÃ³s’ back catalog, the song’s structure is entirely unexpected: It’s vibrant, energetic, bold and, dare I say it, accessible. I can’t believe this is JÃ³nsi’s work!
And now for the tracklisting which, much like any other Sigur RÃ³s release, is mostly a pile of silly words that sound like the noises you make when talking to babies.
Grow Till Tall
Can’t hardly wait!