Credit: Mikai Karl
RELEASES NEW SINGLE “CANNIBAL”
(FEAT. ELIZABETH FRASER)
FROM UPCOMING SOLO LP ‘SHIVER’ – OUT OCTOBER 2nd 2020
“As far as comebacks go, ‘Exhale’ feels well worth the wait and honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time”– Paper Magazine
“That breathtaking falsetto that once seemed so alien and now sounds comfortingly familiar” – Stereogum
“Typically gorgeous vocals” – The Guardian
Jónsi Birgisson, frontman of Sigur Rós, releases “Cannibal” from his upcoming LP featuring Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins.
Following hits “Swill” and “Exhale”, “Cannibal” is the third single released ahead of Jónsi’s sophomore record Shiver (2nd Oct 2020 via Krunk) co-produced by PC Music founder A. G. Cook and Jónsi himself.
The “Cannibal” video is the vision of both Jónsi and Giovanni Ribisi, who previously directed “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.”
Shiver plumbs the depths of the human experience and our connection to the natural world. It pits the organic and dreamlike qualities of Jónsi against A. G. Cook’s synthetic, sometimes abrasive, and avant-garde experimentalism. On paper, their collaboration is surprising, but Shiver only continues Jónsi’s quest to push the boundaries of not just what we consider art, but how we experience it.
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 has expanded his artistic practice over the past few years in a series of collaborations with visual artists such as Doug Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, Merce Cunningham and most recently the artist and composer Carl Michael von Hausswolf with whom he formed the musical duo Dark Morph.
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).