Born and raised in the hamlet of Laugarbakki (population, 40) in the wilds of Iceland, Ásgeir comes from a large family of musicians. Last year, at just 20 years of age he became an overnight sensation in his domestic music scene with the September release of Dyrd í dauðathogn breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest and biggest selling debut album by a home grown artist, outselling even Bjork and Sigur Ros. Staggeringly, one in ten of the Icelandic population now own the album.
The English language version will be released worldwide as
In The Silence Feb 4, 2014.
In February Ásgeir’s achievement was recognised with no less than four Iceland Music Awards and a nomination for theprestigious Nordic Music Prize on the eve of Dyrd í dauðathogn‘s wider release in the Nordic countries. He appeared at Sonar Reykjavik and by:Larm festivals the same month before making his US debut, including two appearances at SXSW in March.
This May saw Ásgeir’s first exposure to UK audiences, playing as support to John Grant – who was also responsible for the English translation of the album’s lyrics. A European tour with fellow Icelanders Of Monsters & Men followed in July, culminating with a memorable performance at London’s Somerset House.
Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, in Iceland the unusual poetry of Dyrd í dauðathognhas attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because it was mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father. Combining both electronic and organic elements, the songs themselves are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctively melancholic voice, their vibrancy elevates his appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.
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