Jónsi’s first solo studio album, Go, released in April of this year, features percussive, fast-paced rhythms, with drums, violins and flutes just some of the instruments defining the production.
Jónsi had a hand in several other bands before forming Sigur Rós with Georg Hólm (bass) and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson (drums) in 1994; they were later joined by Kjartan Sveinsson (keyboards) in 1998. Since the release of their debut album Von in 1997, Sigur Rós has released five studio albums as well as several EPs and compilation albums. In addition to the band’s ethereal sound, they also gained recognition for "Vonlenska," a term used for the gibberish language in the band’s lyrics that resemble the sounds of the Icelandic language. Though rumors of a sixth Sigur Rós album surfaced, Jónsi has been working on his solo career. He also released the album Riceboy Sleeps with his boyfriend, Alex Somers, in 2009. Sigur Rós formally announced an "indefinite hiatus" last January.