Photo by Jonathan Percy.
A few months ago I read news of Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi working on a solo album, called Go, with accomplished arranger Nico Muhly (Grizzly Brear, Anthony and the Johnsons) and producer Peter Katis, who has worked with Interpol and Frightened Rabbit.
Other than that, not much is known about Jónsi's solo album. The first song to sprout from Go is called "Boy Lilikoi", and what a song it is. Immediately after the song's whimsical 36 second intro, you will notice that Jónsi is singing in English, a pleasant surprise for most Sigur Rós fans (I hear most of the album will be in English).
The song progresses beautifully, becoming a symphonic anthem that Jónsi, as part of Sigur Rós, has been known to work with. I'm not one to complain about gorgeous orchestral pop, but what separates "Boy Lilikoi" from being another Sigur Rós number?
The LP's producer said this about Go: "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." Are you excited yet?
MP3: Jónsi - Boy Lilikoi