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Riceboy Sleeps [Vinyl]

Jonsi & Alex (aka Riceboy Sleeps), Jonsi & AlexVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Beggars Xl Recording
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews


It is unhurried but enticing music, especially when a distinctly human element like Birgisson's falsetto in 'Indian Summer' pokes through the hum and crackle. --Rolling Stone

The duo's debut plays like SKETCHES FOR SIGUR, with whispering strings and synths floating calmly for long stretches, sometimes decorated with nonverbal vocalizing. --Spin

[T]here are echoes of Sigur Ros in the softly shifting textures of 'Atlas Song,' while the calm beauty of 'Indian Summer' evokes Brian Eno's classic ambient works. --Q Magazine

Product Description

Jonsi (J¿n _¿r Birgisson) and Alex (Somers) worked on the album that became RICEBOY SLEEPS on and off for almost five years. After taking a month to finish and mix it, the result is an album that sounds remarkably like the band Jonsi fronts, Sigur Ros. A lot of times side projects serve as outlets for music that the band would never attempt; Riceboy Sleeps sounds like it's made of stray Sigur Ros moments the group spent tuning orchestras, warming up vocal choirs or checking levels. Fortunately even stray moments by Sigur Ros prove to be lovely and transcendent. The songs on the album drift on shifting waves of strings (provided by longtime SR collaborators Amiina), children's choirs, treated pianos and underwater soundscapes. The music Jonsi and Alex create is ambient but not boring, quiet but not sleepy (despite the name); the combination of sounds and the way the duo manipulate them manages to hold interest even though the songs are lengthy and have a very consistent tone. It's really less of a tone and more of a spell, the introspective, meditative songs take hold quickly and leave you feeling the album long after it stops spinning.

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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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15 of 16 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 Perfection April 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'd give this album 6 stars if I could. 5 stars isnt enough. It is brilliant.

I put this album on all the time when I'm using Salvia Divinorum, Ayahuasca, or Mescaline-containing Cactus.

And even when I'm sober!

It's that good.
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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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime August 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
"Riceboy Sleeps" is an album that has reportedly been in development for five years by Sigur Ros' main songwriter, Jon Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers. "Riceboy Sleeps" features frequent Sigur Ros collaborators, Amiina and a children's choir on most songs to help flesh out the proceedings. While not that much different from his main gig, "Riceboy Sleeps" seems to be focused on the quieter moments rather than the dramatic swell that Sigur Ros often invokes in their songs. The result is an album that could be perceived as ambient in a sense, but not in that sonic wallpaper style as there is a bit of variety in the proceedings.
Most of the songs on "Riceboy Sleeps" fall well within the realm of introspective numbers that usher in a sense of calm. All of the songs are wordless with the exception of a brief closer provided by Jonsi on "Indian Summer" which leaves the message of the music more open to personal interpretation. "Riceboy Sleeps" is often reflective and melancholy that makes it perfect for days when you feel that the world is against you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 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 12 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 14 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 15 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 15 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 17 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 19 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very peaceful
So I have to preface this review by saying that this didn't turn out to be quite what I thought it was. I am a big Sigur Ros and Jonsi fan. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by ThatSteveGuy
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