Jonsi and Alex- Boy 1904
This is my favourite piece of music by Jonsi and Alex. This is sublimely beautiful!!! I admit it makes me shed a tear or two. I have owned this CD since 2009, when it was released and I had no idea until today that Boy 1904 includes a recording of the last Castrato singer Alessandro Moreschi.
I always thought the voice(s) were the all female Kopavogsdaetur Choir (who are on the album). Funny, how I never knew this for so long. They have done something extraordinary with Alessandro’s voice. It is a wonderful tribute to him. They have overlayed his voice to make it sound like many it seems.
I kind of feel a it silly not knowing this- not only am I interested in how the Castrati sang- I have read a lot about them and listened to Alessandro’s wax cylinder recordings on you tube, but the title Boy 1904 and the crackling sounds- are rather big clues!
All the elements here–-100% organic and mixed down on a raw food commune in the middle of a Hawaiian rainforest by the way–-are intertwined democratically into fibrous layers that stretch out to shimmering infinity. Even Jónsi’s voice, by far the most potent weapon in the Sigur Rós arsenal, is used mainly as a textural element.
There’s an almost sacrosanct feel to the album in places. “Boy 1904” utilises recordings of the last ever castrato to create something way beyond mesmerising, and “Daniell In The Sea” makes similarly hypnotic use of the Kopavogsdaetur Choir.
Full article on the album here: