Alex Somers

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Somers at the Riceboy Sleeps launch

Alex Somers 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 is a founding member of the now defunct band Parachutes. He has also collaborated with his partner Jónsi Birgisson, producing visual art & music under the title Jónsi & Alex and they have released an album called Riceboy Sleeps. He has played instruments on the album and on tour for his boyfriend's solo album, Go. Somers has produced and mixed a large number of records; including those of Julianna Barwick ("Nepenthe"), Rökkurró, Sin Fang,[2] Pascal Pinon, Tom Gallo,[3] as well as Úlfur Hansson's, (a.k.a. Klive).[4] He also drew the design of the artwork of the Colombian group Sismo for their second album La Magia Existe. Alex Somers was previously a raw food vegan[5] but is currently a vegan.


Parachutes was a band formed in 2003 as a duo consisting of Alex Somers and Scott Alario, with a live band consisting of eight members including Þórdís Björt Sigþórsdóttir, Tinna Jóhanna Magnusson, Björn Pálmi Pálmason, Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson, Brendan Glasson, and Aaron Borucki. 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. The band has collaborated with Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós, as well as Amiina.[6] On November 13, 2009 the band announced on their MySpace page that they would no longer be recording or touring together while also giving away free audio downloads of their entire discography (the albums "Parachutes", "Susy" and their EP "Tree Roots").[7]

Sigur Rós[edit]

Alex Somers has worked on the design for the cover of Sigur Rós album Takk..., which received Best Album Design at the 2006 Icelandic Music Awards.[8] In 2005 and 2006 Alex Somers and Lukka Sigurðardóttir, wife of Orri Páll Dýrason (drummer for Sigur Rós), collaborated forming the design team "Toothfaeries", who made all of the official hand-made merchandise for Sigur Rós sold at the Takk... tour.[9] He attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, and Listaháskóli Íslands, Reykjavík.

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  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. ^ "Alex Somers mixes Tom Gallo's "Continuation Day". Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ ÚlfurOver FacebookTijdlijnOver Facebook (November 7, 2011). "Úlfur – CV". Facebook. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sari Peltonen (August 18, 2009). "Raw in Reykjavík". 
  6. ^ " – Parachutes – Description". Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Thank you... + free downloads". Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news " 2006" January" 25". Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ "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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