Listen: Solo Track From Sigur Rós Frontman Jónsi

Solo Debut, Go, Coming Soon

Dec 04, 2009 Bookmark and Share

Word came today, via Pitchfork, that Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson, is working on a solo LP with arranger/composer Nico Muhly (Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear). Producer Peter Katis (Frightened Rabbit, Interpol) let some details slip recently on the Calcutta blog, noting, "It's going to be a largely acoustic guitar record but also with a lot of 'out there' string arrangements...strings, woodwinds, brass, and double bass, actually."

The first single off the proposed full-length, "Boy Lilikoi," is now available to download at Jónsi's new site, for the measly price of an email address. (Now, that's recession pricing!) It makes sense that this symphonic track burst out of the mind of Birgisson: loads of orchestration flutter about the mix in crashing waves and bombastic swoops. Katis' description hit this one right on the nose.

The lyrics are also in English. (Supposedly a 'lilikoi' is a tasty passion fruit.) You can listen to a few more preview clips of new songs from the forthcoming release, entitled Go, on Jonsi's site. Just click the letters of his name.



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