Icelandic Phenom Asgeir’s Debut Album In The Silence Gets English Translation By Singer John Grant; Out Oct 29

By on August 14, 2013

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Last year, at just 20 years of age, singer and multi-instrumentalist

Ásgeir became an overnight sensation in his home country of Iceland

with the release of In the Silence [Icelandic title: Dyrd í daudathogn]

breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest and biggest selling

debut album by a home grown artist, outselling both Bjork and Sigur

Ros. Staggeringly, one in ten of the Icelandic population now

owns the album.

 

On October 29 the English language version of the album—with

translation by acclaimed singer John Grant—will be released

worldwide via One Little Indian Records. The first single from

the English version “King and Cross” is out this week backed

with “Lupine Intrigue.” “King and Cross” made its premiere

via the UK’s BBC Radio 1 in July and a video for song,

featuring a John Grant cameo, premieres via NME today.

 

Following his Icelandic breakthrough Ásgeir was recognized

with no less than four Iceland Music Awards and a nomination

for the prestigious Nordic Music Prizeon the eve of the album’s

wider release in the Nordic countries. He appeared at Sonar

Reykjavik and by:Larm festivals the same month before making

his US debut with two appearances at SXSW in March. May saw

his first UK tour, supporting John Grant.

Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, in Iceland the unusual

poetry of In The Silence 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.

 

Earlier this year Ásgeir recorded three tracks acoustically (including

two that appear on the album) at the legendary Toe Rag Studios in

the UK which are available for free download from Asgeir’s

Bandcamp.

 

Watch ‘On That Day’ from ‘The Toe Rag Acoustic Sessions.’

 

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