Alex Somers

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Somers at the Riceboy Sleeps launch

Alex Somers (born 7 March 1984) is an American visual artist and musician from Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently living in Reykjavík, Iceland with his long-time boyfriend, Jón "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson, the vocalist and guitar player for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.[1] Somers runs a recording studio in downtown Reykjavík where he produces, engineers, and mixes since 2010.

He and Jónsi produce music and visual art under the name Jónsi & Alex. The pair have released an album and a picture book, both titled “Riceboy Sleeps”. Jónsi and Alex have also collaborated on Jónsi's solo project. Alex Co-Produced and played instruments on Jónsi’s album Go. He then joined Jónsi in his five piece live band playing guitar and keyboards for the world tour in support of Go. Somers has produced and mixed a large number of records; including those of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Julianna Barwick, Briana Marela, Death Vessel, Sin Fang,[2] Pascal Pinon, and more…

He attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, and Listaháskóli Íslands, Reykjavík.

Alex Somers has been vegan since 2004[citation needed] and a raw vegan since 2007.[3]

Sigur Rós[edit]

Alex Somers has worked as Co-Producer/Mixer/Engineer on several Sigur Rós releases; Valtari, Kveikur, iTunes Festival: London 2013 and Brennisteinn EP. Somers has also worked with the band on their artwork/designs. Most notably on their album Takk...,[4] which received Best Album Design at the 2006 Icelandic Music Awards. In 2005 and 2006 Alex Somers and Lukka Sigurðardóttir collaborated forming the design team "Toothfaeries", who made all of the official hand-made merchandise for Sigur Rós sold at the Takk... tour.[5]

Produced / Mixed / Scored[edit]

  • Sigur Rós - Valtari
  • Sigur Rós - Kveikur
  • Sigur Rós - iTunes Festival: London 2013
  • Sigur Rós - Brennisteinn EP
  • Jónsi - Go
  • Jónsi - We Bought A Zoo (Soundtrack)
  • Jónsi - How To Train Your Dragon (Soundtrack)
  • Jónsi - How To Train Your Dragon (Soundtrack)
  • Julianna Barwick- Nepenthe
  • Briana Marela - All Around Us
  • Jónsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps
  • Jónsi & Alex - All Animals
  • Jónsi & Alex - Aloha (Soundtrack)
  • Jónsi & Alex - Manhattan Season One (Soundtrack)
  • Death Vessel - Island Intervals
  • Sin Fang - Flowers
  • Pascal Pinon - Twosomeness
  • Úlfur - White Mountain
  • Veroníque Vaka - Erlendis
  • Vio/Miré - January 2009
  • Óbó - Innhverfi
  • Bare Teeth - Ours
  • Tom Gallo - Continuation Day
  • Rökkurró - Í Annan Heim
  • Damien Rice - My Favorite Faded Fantasy
  • Parachutes - Parachutes
  • Parachutes - Susy
  • Parachutes - Tree Roots EP
  • Captain Fantastic

Album Artwork[edit]

See also[edit]


Parachutes was a band formed in 2003 as a duo consisting of Alex Somers and Scott Alario. The band was named after a common term for dandelion seeds. They recorded in Alex's kitchen and living room, and commonly experimented using household objects and toys as instruments. After two albums and an EP Parachutes stopped making music in 2008.

  • Parachutes - Parachutes (2003)
  • Parachutes - Susy
  • Parachutes - Tree Roots EP


  1. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news " 2005" August" 17". Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "saoing faoing, Two excited young men in the studio. Started". Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Peltonen, Sari (August 18, 2009). "Raw in Reykjavík". The Reykjavík Grapevine. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news " 2006" January" 25". Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news  » blog archive  » new t-shirts in the making". July 1, 2005. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 

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