Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi finds joy on solo debut ‘Go’
By Hal Bienstock
Special to amNewYork
Iceland’s Sigur Ros was a revelation when it crossed over to American audiences with massive soundscapes and soaring vocals.
During the past few years, the band has slowly added elements of pop to its atmospheric music.
With his first solo album, “Go,” singer Jonsi has taken things to their logical next step, creating a dramatic, joyful album that seems to throw an entire studio’s worth of instruments into nearly every track.
amNewYork spoke with Jonsi about the album.
Why did you decide to make a solo album?
I’ve been playing with Sigur Ros for 16 years. Last year, everybody in the band had babies. It seemed like the perfect time to do something different.
Was the brightness of “Go” a response to the darkness Sigur Ros is known for?
Maybe in a way. The main thing was to work with different musicians and artists. In Sigur Ros, we write everything together, and these are songs I’ve been writing by myself. Some are 10 or 12 years old.
You originally wanted to make an acoustic album. How did it become such a big production?
It was kind of an accident. I started writing on acoustic guitar, piano, harmonium and ukulele, but when I went to the studio, things just exploded. From then on, I wanted to have more and more.
Will there be another Sigur Ros album soon?
I’m on tour until the end of this year, but next year I plan to focus on Sigur Ros.
If you go: Jonsi is at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight at 8. 311 W. 34th St. $37.50- $59.50