Bedroom Community


26 January 2017

Valgeir Sigurðsson & Nico Muhly confirmed for Sónar Festival, Barcelona

Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly will play Sónar Festival, Barcelona this June (15-17th). 

For full details of the festival and line-up, visit the Sónar website.

What the press says

Dissonance is a masterful piece of work.

The premise of the piece is that a series of oblique smells outline a narrative about the impact of industrialisation, and the contrast makes for arresting listening.

Clash (December 7th 2016) Read all reviews

The music [...] can sound chill and eerie: there’s singing, echoing, rasping, crackling. At times, the piano emits single, spaced-out notes that sound like water dripping resoundingly on ice in a momentary thaw.

Arts Journal (June 21st 2012) Read all reviews


New York Press (June 21st 2012) Read all reviews

Cool and haunting.

danceviewtimes (June 21st 2012) Read all reviews

A spare, melancholy, original score.

Solomons Says (June 21st 2012) Read all reviews

“…a staggeringly beautiful collection of heavyweight, noise-inflected classicist compositions….Fascinating and adventurous, we have a welcome foil to the overtly pretty side of modern classical music and a superb body of work in its own right.”

Squealer (August 22nd 2012) Read all reviews

...Sigurðsson appears to bridge the gap between the primarily electronic textures and ambience of his debut and the sweeping orchestral feel of his second album to create a vastly different set up, which intrigues and fascinates in equal measures.

The Milk Factory (September 12th 2012) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

...brilliantly harrowing

The Wire (September 14th 2012) Read all reviews

...a gorgeous album

Erik Otis — Sound Colour Vibration (September 14th 2012) Read all reviews

...Architecture of Loss is so dense, subtly varied and even ambiguous that to try and tie it down is an exercise in futility. Best to relax and bask in the numerous moments of touching, and troubling, beauty that run through its 10 mini-suites.

The Liminal (September 17th 2012) Read all reviews

The execution of production is second to none and bears all the hallmarks of [Valgeir’s] visceral, expansive sound design across its 10 diverse and striking parts.

Boomkat (September 18th 2012) Read all reviews

For Architecture Of Loss [Valgeir’s] turned off the computer and gone straight for your heart with strings. The result is, as you can imagine, rather downbeat but delightful in ways that you’d expect from an Icelandic man with such a resume.

Drowned In Sound (September 20th 2012) Read all reviews

A mind-numbingly beautiful take on your neoclassical thing utilising piano, wonderfully evocative viola/violin and plenty of…space.

Norman Records (September 21st 2012) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

Architecture Of Loss is moving, beautiful and thought-provoking. It commands your attention, admiration and respect, transcending the noises in the speakers, becoming something that symbolises loss and grief through the medium of music.

Larry Day — Bearded Magazine (September 21st 2012) Read all reviews

“Architecture of Loss” offers a powerful and philosophically driven narrative at once sublime and disconcerting.

Q2 (September 24th 2012) Read all reviews

An album at once lyrical and avant-garde, full and concise, epic and contemplative, melodic and noisy…

Indie Rock Mag (September 25th 2012) Read all reviews

Architecture of Loss pits gravely emotive chamber music against furtive electronic frequencies.

Brian Howe — Pitchfork (September 28th 2012) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

Architecture of Loss is a leap forwards in sound and form for Valgeir Sigurðsson, a massively confident statement, icily beautiful. Recommended!

John Boursnell — Fluid Radio (September 30th 2012) Read all reviews

Sigurðsson has created a soundscape that is coherent, timeless, and thrilling…This album is sparse yet deeply layered, foreboding yet hopeful, dense yet melodic. It is, quite simply, beautiful, heartwarming and a masterpiece.

Jez Collins — PopMatters (December 7th 2012) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

On Architecture Of Loss [...] Sigurðsson’s sound is even more mature, reflective and measured…As with the rest of Bedroom Community’s quality catalog, this is not an album to be missed.

Headphone Commute (December 18th 2012) Read all reviews

“ exquisite, often programmatic work in instrumental and digital processes. Built on a ballet, the sense of movement and gesture is intact even in its sparest moments.”

Create Digital Music (December 26th 2012) Read all reviews

“ indulgence in the best sense…Architecture of Loss lives up to its title as an aural meditation on not just loss but destabilization, an architecture coming apart.”

Ned Raggett — AllMusic (January 3rd 2013) Read all reviews

A true musical creation from one of music’s most gifted and essential modern composers.

Fractured Air (January 24th 2013) Read all reviews

I’ve fallen in love with the LP

Stereophile (February 22nd 2013) Read all reviews

 Here, Sigurðsson adopts a restrained approach to the soundtrack to a particularly grave film, and he does so with great lucidity, underlying the content with powerful yet discreet touches. His greatest achievement is to manage to give the music an identity away from the images it was written for.  

The Milk Factory (February 24th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 On Draumalandid, a soundtrack for a new Icelandic environmental documentary, Valgeir Sigurðsson goes the extra mile to produce work that stands up against the best of its genre.  

Brian Howe — Pitchfork (March 3rd 2010) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

Sigurðsson’s touch is at its most precise here, crafting an emotional weight that is moving, but not overstated. With such a keen ear for composition and flow, Sigurðsson has created a score that sounds remarkably evocative of the film’s main themes, while still able to stand alone as an album. At the very least, Draumalandið is another brilliant showcase of Bedroom Community’s burgeoning potential.    

“Draumalandið is a forceful and poignant piece of work, and as part of the larger film project its quite outstanding.”

Matt Poacher — The Line of Best Fit (March 16th 2010) Read all reviews

“Starting with a vocal number and ending with harrowing bombast, this soundtrack covers a lot of ground with grace…”

Greg Argo — Adequacy (June 22nd 2010) Read all reviews

“...everything about this collection of feelings, emotions and resonant creative constructions is pretty much immaculate.”

Joe Shooman — Grapevine (September 2nd 2010) Read all reviews

"The strength of Ekvílibríum is in the organic way [Sigurðsson] weds the electronic to the human... The result is a singular album, as ornate as it is direct."

Alex Waxman — The Fader Magazine (May 1st 2007) Read all reviews

"...almost collapses under the power of its own trembling beauty... Valgeir Sigurðsson delivers his bonded masterpiece... prepare to be dazzled."

George Bass — god is in the tv (June 21st 2007) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

"Valgeir Sigurðsson is the most welcoming and thoughtful of hosts and, as he leads his companions through various narratives, he orchestrates one of the most exhilarating and perfect records you’ll hear this year."

themilkman — The Milk Factory (August 3rd 2007) Read all reviews

"an album for all connoisseurs of recorded sound, marrying exceptional electronic detail with real instrumentation on a grand scale."

Boomkat — Boomkat (September 1st 2007) Read all reviews

"...this is wonderful stuff"

Danny Clark — The Times (September 29th 2007) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews


Latest Releases

Released on 21 April 2017
LP, CD, Digital
Order now

Released on 24 March 2017
Order now

Released on 17 February 2017
Order now

Mailing List

If you would like to receive news from Bedroom Community, please enter your e-mail address in the box below and press OK.


Upcoming events

Nov 30

with aYia


On the web

Listen in Pop-out player