Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps – London
Address: Barbican Centre (Barbican Hall), London
Performing their expansive ambient record Riceboy Sleeps ten years since its creation, Jónsi & Alex showcase the album in full.
Played live with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the layers of dense strings, humming reverb and sampled chimes are fully accentuated. A satisfyingly rich piece of music which consumes its listener in a bath of sound.
Riceboy Sleeps was the name the partners adopted for their creative ventures together as visual artists, writers and musicians. This first, and only, record was recorded entirely acoustically at their home in Iceland while Jónsi’s band Sigur Rós were on hiatus, and was expanded into one of the most ambitious ambient classical works of music of the noughties.