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Riceboy Sleeps

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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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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Xl Recording
  • ASIN: B002ANHMBU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. Annese on July 21, 2009
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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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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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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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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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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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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.. is poorly done, then the whole thing is ruined (see the 20th anniversary RATM vinyl reissue- blech). This is well done, silent background, sounds amazing. It's a little awkward when storing because you can't read the spine if you put it into a plastic sleeve situated as you normally would, but I simply store it at a different angle and it's fine. This is a wonderful and relaxing album, and I highly recommend it. I even bought it for my 60+ year old Mom not sure if it was too out there and she loves it.
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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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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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