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Monday 17 August 2020

Sigur Ros Frontman Jonsi Teams Up With Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser On New Single Cannibal

Jónsi has made a career on sweeping music that plumbed the depths of the human experience and our connection to the natural world. With his band Sigur Rós, he transmuted the rugged terrain of Iceland into music that sounds pure, organic and untouched by the modern world, even as it exists comfortably within it.

On his new album, Shiver, A. G. Cook's production exists is at the opposite end of the spectrum: synthetic, sometimes abrasive, and often on the cutting edge of experimentalism. 

On paper, their collaboration is surprising, but Shiver is a beautiful record that pushes Jónsi's otherworldly voice into startling new territories. 

The latest release from the album, Cannibal, features Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. 

The Cannibal video is the vision of both Jónsi and Giovanni Ribisi, who previously directed earlier single, Exhale. 

Like that video, Cannibal also places focus on a singular dancer. Jónsi's vocals are refreshingly openhearted, featured alongside Cocteau Twins legend Elizabeth Fraser.

 

"When Sigur Rós was starting, we were always compared to Cocteau Twins and I really didn't like that," Jónsi says. 

"I hated being compared to anybody. Then I got really into Cocteau Twins like two or three years ago. They're so good. I understood the comparison then." 

In 2019 Jónsi had his first solo art installation at the renowned Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Los Angeles where his installation work explored the depths of sound. 

Jónsi's interests and talents extend far beyond the reach of a traditional musician, he has always been multidisciplinary. 

Among his serious pursuits is a years-long study of scent and perfume, an alchemy he has combined with his installation art (each of his artworks at his exhibition had its own scent).

Pre-order / pre-save Jónsi's new album 'Shiver' HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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