Sigur Ros was about the biggest thing to come out of Iceland since Bjork. Until the mighty, multimillion-dollar-costing volcanic eruption, that is. Even Ros frontman Jonsi — who just released his first solo album, the orchestral, Europop-leaning “Go” — is awestruck by this natural catastrophe.
“I grew up with small eruptions and earthquakes. It’s part of life in Iceland,” he says. “But nothing ever like this. It’s really quite scary.”
Unlike several bands — including Frightened Rabbit and Los Campesinos — who were grounded by the volcano’s dust cloud, Jonsi’s timing has proved more fortunate, and he’s in Philly tonight.
Though “Go” features several collaborators, Jonsi says the record really is a solo effort. The proof is on a forthcoming deluxe version, which Jonsi says will include an extra CD, “Go Quiet,” featuring him performing the songs acoustically. Could this herald a series? How about a heavy metal version, “Go Loud”?
“Why not?” Jonsi jokes. “I could keep going with this indefinitely.”
Jonsi with Death Vessel
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