Riceboy Sleeps – Riceboy Sleeps (8/10)

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A Sigur Ros side project of sorts, Riceboy Sleeps sees Jon Thor Birgisson team up with partner Alex Somers. The two have worked together previously on visual art projects but this is their debut album. Hypnotic, melacholic opener “Happiness” (included on the recent Dark Was The Night compilation) sets the tone: a few minutes of celestial, rising synth chords which morph into a gentle, rustic main section sounding something like a Philip Glass string quartet.

Rarely raising its voice beyond a whisper, Riceboy Sleeps is all about mood and delicately crafted, slowly shifting textures. Very soundtrack, very Eno.

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