What we're listening to - Jónsi

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Miffed, we imagine, that his work has become the soundtrack to each and every X Factor sob story, Jon (Jónsi) Thor Birgisson – lead singer of Icelandic supergroup, Sigur Rós – has struck out on his own for the first time, with solo album, Go.

The hard copy has been floating around the office for a few weeks now, and it’s taken us that long to get our heads around Jónsi’s elfish twinkling. Following a few high-volume plays however, the Sigur Rós frontman seems to have won us over.

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Lead track ‘Go Do’ takes its cue from Sigur Rós’ sweeping musical landscapes, combining the form with pulsing beats, tangible melodies and high-tempo positivity.

Switching seamlessly between English and his native Icelandic tongue, tracks such as ‘Sinking Friendships’, ‘Boy Lilikoi’ and ‘Sticks & Stones’ spellbind with unintelligible incantations and bouts of instrumental experimentation. One for fans of Sigur Rós who crave some extra oomph.

Words by Teo van den Broeke