February 25, 2010

Jónsi's big leap into POP

Go Quiet is a full length DVD of Jónsi performing the his new album acoustically. It was filmed "at home in Reykjavík, Iceland over new year 2010" and appears to have a proper storyline set to music.

Go Quiet is a part of the special edition version of the Go album, out April 5th (April 6th in North America). This is potentially one of the best albums of 2010- and certainly one of the most distinct sounding, with string arrangements by Nico Muhly. Here is the tracklisting:

Go Do video
Animal Arithmetic
Boy Lilikoi
Sinking Friendships
Grow Till Tall
Around Us

The preview of the stage show is equally exciting. While Bjork remains sequestered (where?), new musicians seem to leap from the inspiration she built up over 15 years.

And can I just express a little irritation at the world focusing on self-obsessed Johnny Weir as some sort of millennial Gay Icon when there are artists like Jónsi and Nico Muhly doing amazing work that extends well beyond a tired cliche of a queen with a Louis Vuitton bag. Weir is, of course, talented, but in the lunchroom of life, I am taking my tray to Jónsi's table.


jt said...

I was excited about his album but after watching his video and the set design featurette, I am really thrilled about how creative he is. It's going to be interesting to see how he develops this project.


Myfizzypop said...

typically i had no idea who jonsi was/is or that other johnny you were talking about (I'm so uncultured) but this is rather lush and lovely and makes me quite excited for the album.

Matt Microfilm said...

yay! I'm so excited for this album. Was a mild Sigur Ros fan but found so much of it snoozy or inaccessible or boring. I'm so glad he's making a more accessible, song-structured approach to his style without too much compromise. I always wanked Jonsi to make something like this and now he has!

xolondon said...

The album as leaked and it's VERY good.