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Riceboy Sleeps

Jonsi & Alex (aka Riceboy Sleeps), Jonsi & AlexAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Xl Recording
  • ASIN: B002ANHMBU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Indian Summer
4. Stokkseyri
5. Boy 1904
6. All The Big Trees
7. Daníell In The Sea
8. Howl
9. Sleeping Giant

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Product Description

Jon Thor Birgisson (Sigur Ros) and Alex Somers (Parachutes) have been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for a few years now. Their track "Happiness" was featured on the "Dark Was The Night" compilation. This record is more active than its antecedents in the ambient output of Brian Eno and other deliberately low-impact works.

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"Riceboy Sleeps" is awash with tension and stimuli, as well as being frequently and stunningly beautiful. "Emotionally evocative, mostly instrumental, and pretty great" --Prefix

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the pursuit of beauty July 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I always had a feeling that jonsi was not of this world... now i know. What Jonsi (Jón Þór Birgisson)-sigur ros' frontman can do with music is not like anything i have ever heard. and it is beautiful.

I have been a fan of 'ambient' music for some time now, i'm sure this album will get lumped in the ambient genre somewhere, but it has something that sets it apart from the others - layers. layers and depth. It is hard to put into words just what it is, but i hear sounds of my childhood in these songs. i hear everyday sounds shimmering in the backround and it is very comforting and it takes me to another place.

watch the video for 'all the big trees', or listen to 'daniell in the sea' (my favorite song, but i love them all) and you may see what i mean.

I would suggest this album naturally to any sigur ros (or even amiina) fans, or anyone that would just like to escape to another world created by Jonsi and Alex.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Z. Koah
Format:Audio CD
This is not a Sigur Ros album, but it could easily pass as one. Just from hearing this you can tell Jonsi plays a huge role in that band. It keeps that same "otherworldly beauty" throughout that all Sigur Ros albums possess. Amiina even plays strings throughout the album. However, Riceboy Sleeps is a much more ambient affair. All of it was recorded with real instruments and sounds. So there's no synth work or anything of the sort on here that most other ambient artists use. This alone separates Jonsi and Alex from the rest of the pack and gives them a more beautiful, organic sound. If you're a fan of ambient music or Sigur Ros, then you'll most likely enjoy this release. Keep in mind though, this is solely background music. It's minimal in sound with subtle changes throughout, very much like Sigur Ros' first album "Von". The perfect soundtrack for when you feel like laying down and relaxing. It'll drift your mind to another, much more beautiful place. 5/5
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Indeed August 6, 2009
By Zen
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This isn't music. It's a flowering. Best heard through a set of great headphones as there's a lot of space and surround in this album. The layering of sound and instrument is phenomenal. It's also an excellent album to play if you have trouble falling asleep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly chorus October 2, 2009
By AMPDodd
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a huge Sigur Ros fan. They are the soundtrack to my life. Granted, they sing in Icelandic so I cannot decipher the lyrics... but I don't care. They are the modern day version of the Tallis Scholars. Angels singing you into ecstasy. Beatific voices and such joyful, transcendent music. This is a sideline for two of the members, Jon Birgisson and Alex Somers. There is a children's choir and Amiina contribute the strings. In the day to day stressful life that we all live this cd provides solace. You will feel grateful to know that there are musicians who can create such beauty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILDHOOD REVISITED February 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
RICEBOY SLEEPS by Jonsi & Alex is one of the most glorious c.d.'s I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. The following is from the book The Poetics of Reverie by Gaston Bachelard, which contains a quote by Franz Hellens: "Childhood is not a thing which dies within us and dries up as soon as it has completed its cycle. It is not a memory. It is the most living of treasures, and it continues to enrich us without our knowing it ... Woe to the man who cannot remember his childhood, recapture it within himself, like a body inside his own body, a new blood in the old blood: he is dead as soon as it leaves him." The music on this album, more than any I've ever heard, is the musical conduit that validates the truth of this quote. Music has the power to transport. If you are in need of, or have allowed yourself to become separated from that " most living of treasures," I cannot too highly recommend to you .... RICEBOY SLEEPS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like this November 29, 2009
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Nothing like this. Maybe Alina by Arvo Part. Long monodic sounds mixed with familiar noises, and a long generous yarn of beautiful melodies and space, enough space to create your own songs, noises or landscapes of notes.
Like gentle light for paintings so is this music for the soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sigur Ròs frontman and partner goes even more ethereal. December 11, 2009
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After release a couple of singles (one of them, "Happiness", included in "Dark Was The Night" compilation and that they signed still as Riceboys Sleeps) "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson (Sigur Rós) and Alex Somers (Parachutes) finally delivered his first album "Riceboy Sleeps" with which they materialize the musical side of this collaboration initially conceived as a visual art project (Somers, Birgisson's boyfriend, has designed much of the art of the Sigur Rós albums) but now naturally extended to music field. Recorded exclusively with acoustic instruments and the participation of Amiina string quartet, Sigur Ros regular collaborators, and the Kópavogsdætur chorus, "Riceboy Sleeps" is a record dense and relaxed at the same time in which Birgisson and Somers not only do not stray the sound of their "main" bands but making it even more radicalized to create quite atmospheric and ethereal music. OK, let say this: next to "Riceboy Sleeps", "Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust" the last album by Sigur Rós, could be almost considered a conventional pop album. Over little more than an hour "Jónsi" and Alex create long, dreamy, barely whispered soundscapes that gently swaying between ambient and experimental music. At first listen "Riceboy Sleeps" risks to end up being one of those records that are played as background music in "relax sessions", but it's worth listen it with attention, let your guard down and being involved to enjoy the almost celestial atmospheres created by Birgisson and Somers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply breathtaking...
Beautiful and surreal.

The entire album is a masterpiece. Words can't really describe how I feel when listening to this. You truly have to experience it for yourself.
Published 1 month ago by Sunshine Girl
1.0 out of 5 stars Ordered Vinyl
My debit card has changed due to it being hacked in the bast 2-3 months and since my original order of the VINYL of this that came with the mp3 download. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Beauty Distilled
This album is an hour or so of nothing but beauty. It's hard not to be completely mesmerized by this album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Snufkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jonsi and everything he touches!
What can I say? It's Jonsi and he's brilliant. If you love Sigur Ros, you will love this. Highly recommend to anyone.
Published 17 months ago by ashleydottir
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl review
I love this album and the vinyl release sounds wonderful. I mainly write this review because an album can be good but if the actual vinyl mastering etc.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Riceboy sleeps
Simply gorgeous. There is no way that Jonsi can do wrong. If you are a fan of Jonsi then this will be a really nice cd for your collection.
Published 18 months ago by tom mcgovern
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent, especially for a home recorded album
Except for the first and last song, which were were just good the rest were outstanding - Great for relaxation or bedtime.
Published 21 months ago by Likes Class not Crass
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I thoroughly enjoyed my purchase. I would have hoped that the packaging were in better shape though. But still happy with it.
Published 23 months ago by sinisterbeats
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Bliss!
I can honestly say this is probably the most beautiful album I have ever heard in my life. If you like extremely relaxing, peaceful calms music without lyrics then please check... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Higher Thought
If higher thought had a sound, it would be this. I challenge you to listen without thinking about the most meaningful moments of your past and your future.
Published on March 7, 2011 by Sue
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