Jonsi Bergisson to begin recording soon

Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi Bergisson is apparently due to being recording a solo album soon, with Peter Katis at the helm.

It's been a busy year for Sigur Ros, despite not releasing any new material. The band re-issued their debut album on luxurious vinyl and played a fairly amusing joke on fans, before embarking on a number of other distractions.

A few members of the band are due to soundtrack a forthcoming film while lead singer Bergisson is set to release an album with his long term side project Riceboy Sleeps.

Formed with his partner, Riceboy Sleeps is an experimental new project from Bergisson. The band create soundscapes which are even more daring and ethereal than those of his day job, Sigur Ros.

Released later this year, it seems that this album isn't the only one Bergisson has been working on. According to an interview with producer Peter Katis, Jonsi Bergisson is due to begin recording a brand new solo album.

"One thing that is kind of cool… I think one of the best bands in the last ten years is Sigur Rós. And in a few weeks, I start a record with Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós. It’s sort of his solo record."

Continuing Katis confirmed "it’s not the “Riceboy(Sleeps)” thing. That’s a strictly ambient record that they made by themselves and comes out pretty soon."

The producer named Nico Muhly as a potential collaborator for the album. "He’s more from the world of contemporary classical, but sometimes, he’ll slum it with us indie rockers. So it’s going to be a largely acoustic guitar record but also with a lot of “out there” string arrangements. Strings, woodwinds, brass and double bass, actually."

Katis then revealed that Sigur Ros' string group Amiina could potentially appear on the forthcoming album, but he admits that he has never heard them play live.

"I’ve never heard them and in fact when I saw Sigur Rós in the Fall and went to talk to Jónsi and stuff, it was their first time in seven years where they were touring without the strings. So I saw them as a four-piece rock band."

"I was pretty impressed how they still pulled off that big sonic landscape, not-bullshit-rock sound with four guys playing guitar, bass and drums."

Jonsi Bergisson is due to begin recording his new solo album later this year.

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