Alex Somers

Alex Somers is an American composer and producer who currently resides in Los Angeles, having spent most of the last decade living in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he studied visual art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Alex was born in Baltimore and studied composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He first rose to prominence in 2009 with Riceboy Sleeps, his ambient album collaboration with partner Jónsi (Sigur Rós). Following the highly-acclaimed Riceboy Sleeps project, Alex co-produced Jónsi’s 2010 debut solo album Go, and went on to play keyboards and guitar on the album’s world tour. He then began expanding his production work by opening his own recording studio in Reykjavík where he co-produced and mixed Sigur Rós’ 2013 album Valtari. At his studio he continued to collaborate with artists Jónsi, Julianna Barwick, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Damien Rice, Amiina, Sin Fang, Briana Marela and more...

Alex began scoring for film and TV in 2011 and has collaborated with Jónsi to compose music and produce songs for We Bought A Zoo, How To Train Your Dragon Trilogy, Aloha, season one of WGN’s Manhattan, and The Circle.

He has since gone on to score films including Shia LaBeouf's Honey Boy, Taylor Swift's Netflix original documentary Miss Americana and, most recently, the Apple original animated film titled Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.

Discover the full list of Alex's scoring work here

When You Wish Upon A Death Star

On December 24th 2022, Alex surprise released his track When You Wish Upon A Death Star, 100% made from the sounds of the Death Star 💫 and built as a perfect palindrome, so it plays exactly the same forwards and backwards!

Siblings and Siblings 2

In 2021 Alex Somers released his debut solo albums Siblings and Siblings 2.

Both are available to purchase on vinyl via Alex's Bandcamp store

Riceboy Sleeps

In 2019, to mark its 10th anniversary, Jónsi and Alex Somers released a new, expanded analogue remastered version of their seminal 2009 ambient work 'Riceboy Sleeps'. The remastering was overseen by the artists themselves, in what they see as the definitive pressing of the record.

For the reissue, the album was expanded from a double to a triple vinyl album for the edition, taking in the 30-minute ep, all animals. The release comes on 3 x standard weight black 140gram vinyl packaged in a special gatefold sleeve with rounded corners.

'Riceboy Sleeps' anniversary vinyl is available to purchase here

Riceboy Sleeps is available to stream on all platforms:

Lost And Found

Alongside the special edition of 'Riceboy Sleeps', Jónsi & Alex marked its 10th anniversary by sharing 'Lost And Found.'

"Lost And Found is a sibling album to Riceboy Sleeps,” says Somers. “It falls somewhere between what was, what is, and what will be. 'Lost And Found' was created by Jónsi & Alex Somers in collaboration with friend and producer Sidney Satorsky.

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