Jónsi - Go (4 stars)

Jonsi - Go

(Parlophone)

Taking time out from the day job of creating epic soundscapes with Sigur Rós, lead singer Jónsi here creates, well, some pretty epic soundscapes on his debut solo release. There’s a more joyful exuberance to tracks like ‘Animal Arithmetic’ and ‘Boy Lilikoi’ compared to his band, as well as a welcome exploration of strange percussion and instrumentation elsewhere. It hangs together beautifully, thanks in part to Jónsi’s unique, dreamlike vocals, mostly here sung in English, but still somehow other-worldly. Not a huge departure, but the sound of a man cutting loose a little and revelling in the joy of sound.

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