Jonsi and Alex- Boy 1904

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:

http://jonsiandalex.com/music/review-econimist

On Alessandro Moreschi:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Moreschi

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Listen to Alessandro sing Ave Maria here:

https://soundcloud.com/caffarelli/ave-maria-cathedral-edit

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Jonsi and Alex- art with vintage charm and beauty

Jonsi and Alex- art with vintage charm and beauty

I thought I would share with you the art of the Icelandic musician Jonsi (from Sigur Ros) and his American partner, Alex.  Such beautiful people. I really love their work- both their art and their music. They create soulful, inspiring beauty in a world that needs more of this so much.

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I was fortunate (a few years ago) in that I was able to buy the limited edition boxed set of their CD Riceboy Sleeps, which included a beautiful little hardback book of some of their artwork.

Below is the back of the book:

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Simple, yet beautiful! Birds feature a lot in their art and music- almost like it is their motif.

 Below are my two favourites  inside the book:

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I love the colours. The whole scene is so tranquil.

Below: On one page a boy stands in his school uniform next to a solitary tree whilst the opposite page shows birds flying over a lake. The two pieces of artwork are separate, yet we can fancifully let our imagination roam … the boy is dreaming of his  summer holidays, watching birds soar into the sky over a lake glistening in the warm sunshine.

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As you might have seen Jonsi and Alex find vintage photographs and incorporate them into their art. They have also used old books and window frames to create art that has charm, is heart-warming and poignant. I also love the idea of re-claiming items.

I highly recommend their CD Riceboy Sleeps– it was created acoustically (no electronic instruments) and produced in a rainforest on a solar powered laptop.  It is ambient, soothing, magical. Their music is perfect for creating art to, meditating,  giving or receiving holistic therapies to such as Reiki, writing…

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Here is their website. This page shows their Windows…

http://jonsiandalex.com/gallery/windows

Click on Gallery in their website  to see more of their work.