In celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary, Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi and his partner, musician Alex Somers perform Riceboy Sleeps live on stage for the first time at Vivid LIVE in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

To mark the 10th anniversary and first-ever live performances of Riceboy Sleeps with orchestra and choir, Jónsi & Alex Somers are releasing a new analogue remastered version of their seminal 2009 ambient work. The remastering has been overseen by the artists themselves, in what they see as the definitive pressing of the record.

For the reissue, the album will be expanded from a double to a triple vinyl album for the edition, taking in the 30-minute EP, All Animals.  The release will come on 3 x standard weight black 140gram vinyl packaged in a special gatefold sleeve with rounded corners.

Riceboy Sleeps Tote Bag featuring illustrations drawn by Alex and Jónsi.

Riceboy Sleeps Slipmat featuring the album artwork.

Riceboy Sleeps A5 Book – 48 pages full colour print on uncoated paper de-bossed cover rounded corners. Artwork created by Jon þor Birgisson and Alex Somers.

Jónsi & Alex Somers to perform the Riceboy Sleeps album for the first time with the Wordless Music Orchestra and Choir on 10th Anniversary Tour in Intimate Theatres across North America - Oct 2019

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north american shows performed with wordless music orchestra and choir

jónsi & alex somers
to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we are proud to announce the premiere of “riceboy sleeps” performed live by jónsi & alex somers with the orchestral accompaniment, conducted by robert ames, with orchestral arrangements by david handler. a collaboration between the sigur rós singer and american visual artist and composer somers, the album will be performed in its atmospheric ambient entirety for the first time anywhere. recorded at home in iceland while jónsi was on hiatus from sigur rós and finished off-grid in hawaii, the album was a sleeper hit, with the bbc saying “riceboy sleeps operates at a heady level of beauty”, the evening standard “…it’s up there with the best of sigur rós” and the observer “beautifully fragile music, not disposable but built to last”.   and so it has proved; the album’s stature has only grown in recent years, with songs such as ‘happiness’ and ‘boy 1904’ enjoying runaway success across some of the world’s most listened to streaming playlists