MP3 At 3PM: Riceboy Sleeps

riceboyjahats4123From the crackle and hiss of deteriorating analog tape emerges a distant choir, a spectral church song carried by a blustery Icelandic wind. The vocals soak peacefully in reverb, accompanied only by a single modulating tone. Imagine the big ambience of Sigur Rós’ Takk… stretched into the minimalism of Brian Eno’s “1/2” from Music For Airports. Here’s “Boy 1904” from Riceboy Sleeps, the duo of Sigur Rós crooner Jónsi Birgisson and boyfriend Alex Somers. Their debut, Riceboy Sleeps (XL), is due in North America on July 21.

“Boy 1904” (download):