You can't really put this sort of music in it's own category or box, that's what makes it so beautiful. I've waited years for this music to finally be released and it doesn't disappoint. It's a cathartic sort of heavy that leaves you wanting to embrace someone close.
Favorite track: Looking After.
Musician, composer, producer and visual artist Alex Somers releases his debut albums Siblings and Siblings 2 on March 19th 2021. Two double albums housed in a beautiful single sleeves Siblings and Siblings 2 have been a long time coming being primarily written between 2014-2016.
Siblings and Siblings 2 have 13 hauntingly beautiful, impressionistic tracks apiece, the records draw on the composer’s main musical interests - film composition, ambient, post-classical, post-rock and electronica - combining grandeur and intimacy, broad brushstrokes and subtle detail, minimalism and maximalism.
A known composer Somers has worked on an already prolific amount of film and TV music, such as Captain Fantastic, Honey Boy, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth, Audrey, Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana and (with Sigur Rós) the Black Mirror episode Hang The DJ on Netflix. In parallel, Somers built a studio where he recorded and produced the likes of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Julianna Barwick, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, and Damien Rice, all while he continued to make his own recordings. Remarkably, given his vast experience, Siblings and Siblings 2 are the first albums under his own name.
released March 19, 2021
Produced & Mixed by Alex Somers
Engineered by Alex Somers, Samuli Kosminen & Birgir Jón Birgisson
Piano, Celeste, Mellotron, Sampler, Metallophone, Bowed Vibraphone, Guitar, Sub Bass, Percussion & Vocals by Alex Somers
Drums, Percussion, Kalimba, Psaltery, Andes, Ukulele, Tuned Gongs, Piano & Sampler by Samuli Kosminen
Piano & Bowed Vibraphone by Ólafur Björn Ólafsson
Double Bass by Borgar Magnason
Violins by María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir & Hildur Ársælsdóttir
Viola by Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir
Cello by Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir
Sound Design on Tell Star (For Joe Meek) & Avalanche by John Somers
Samuli’s parts engineered by Samuli at Ulappa Studio, Suomenlinna
Strings engineered by Birgir Jón Birgisson At Sundlaugin Studio
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Artwork by Alex Somers, Jónsi & Scott Alario
This album would not be without these people, thank you thank you...
Jónsi, John Somers, Bill Morrison, Gunna & Biggi, Inga, Lilja, Rósa, Sindri, Paul Corley, Kjartan Holm, Scott Alario & Marguerite Keyes, Briana Marela, Julianna Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Buck Meek, Mom, Dad & Robin, Ryan Cummings, Nina & Chad Craig, Joel Shearer, Aska Matsumiya, Dean O’Connor, John Best, Clare Wright, Edna Pletchetero, Blythe Mackintosh, Alex Cook, Hayden Dunham, Ryan Wirth, Sidney Satorsky, Gyða Valtýsdóttir & Shahzad Ismaily, Louise Barker, and last but not least Atlas
And more waves of thanks to all my friends who played on this album:
Samuli, Ólafur, Borgar, María, Sólrún, Hildur, & Edda
This music was inspired by the Bill Morrison film Dawson City Frozen Time
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Eagerly looking forward to hearing more volumes in the months to come... rikm