Item description for Jon Thor Birgisson & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps by Jon Birgisson...
This powerful and enigmatic small volume has been hotly anticipated for ages by Sigur Ros fans. A reprint of the first artist's book from frontman Jon "Jonsi" Thor Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers, which was originally released only in Iceland, Riceboy Sleeps is finally available worldwide. Birgisson designs Sigur Ros' album sleeves, and garnered the band a Grammy-nomination for the artwork on their untitled album, ( ).Riceboy Sleeps is beautifully produced, bearing the taped and tattered edges, hand drawing and distressed and collaged elements that make Sigur Ros' album artwork stand apart in an age of piling high and selling cheap. Every detail of production has been exquisitely refined, from the softly rounded corners to the paper stock, from the print quality to the subtle de-bossing both inside and out. At 52 pages, Riceboy Sleeps contains no text, just Birgisson and Somers' highly expressionistic works created from found photographs and layers of textures. Sigur Ros is an Icelandic post-rock band known for their atmospheric, ethereal, minimalist arrangements and lead singer Jonsi Thor Birgisson's unique falsetto. Members Birgisson, Georg Holm, Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson and Orri Pall D rason have been working together since 1994.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.1" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Moss Stories
ISBN 1933045809 ISBN13 9781933045801
Reviews - What do customers think about Jon Thor Birgisson & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps?
seen the cover of the Takk CD by Sigur Ros? May 5, 2008
If you like the Takk artwork, and would enjoy more visuals in a similar vein, this booklet is an obvious choice. However, the two are so similar, those who own Takk are unlikely to be surprised by any of these pages.
This is an enjoyable though non-essential companion to Sigur Ros' recent music: an opinion more-or-less identical to my reaction toward the book of photographs accompanying the deluxe version of the Heima DVD. The reproductions are of fine quality, in both instances.
Neither come close to being as impressive as the visuals on the DVD. This may however be an unfair, apples-and-oranges comparison. Few would regard cinematography as analogous to painting (excluding rare exceptions such as the films of Tarkovsky); in the case of photography the connection is only slightly less tenuous.
If you're like me--and don't often think to check the dimensions of books you purchase online--take note that Riceboy Sleeps is printed in a tiny format, approximately four by six inches.