Alex Somers is an American composer, musician, and producer, who splits his time between Reykjavík, Iceland and Los Angeles.
Baltimore-born Somers first rose to prominence in 2009 via his ambient album collaboration, Riceboy Sleeps, with partner Jonsi, under the artist name Jonsi & Alex. Alex had previously toured America in support of Jonsi’s band Sigur Rós with his own outfit Parachutes, having previously attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study composition. Following the highly-acclaimed Riceboy Sleeps project, he went on to play keyboards and guitar in Jonsi’s touring band, having already co-produced tracks on his 2010 debut solo album, ‘Go’.
Somers then started expanding his production work at his studio space in Reykjavík, co-producing Sigur Rós’s 2013 album, Valtari, and producing albums for Subpop’s Death Vessel, vocal experimentalist Julianna Barwick, Briana Marela and Icelandic bands Pascal Pinon and Sin Fang. In 2014 he mixed Damien Rice’s My Favorite Faded Fantasy. In 2015 he and Jonsi scored the first season of US network WGN’s atomic bomb drama Manhattan, and in the last year he scored Matt Ross’s Cannes-feted Captain Fantastic, and forthcoming project with NY artist Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time.
Somers is also a visual artist, exhibiting his work with Jonsi around the world, as well as co-creating the sleeves for Sigur Rós’s Takk and Riceboy Sleeps.