At just 22 years of age, the Icelandic release of Dyrd í dauðathogn in September 2012 made Ásgeir something of a sensation in his native Iceland. Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Asgeir’s beautiful, melancholic songs and the unusual poetry of Dyrd í dauðathogn - mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father - have captured the Icelandic popular imagination, the album becoming the country’s biggest selling debut by a home-grown artist with 10% of the Icelandic population now owning a copy. With lyrics translated by John Grant, Ásgeir’s English-language version of his debut album - In the Silence - was released in Europe, Asia and Australia via One Little Indian at the start of 2014 and via Columbia Records in the USA in March that same year. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart upon release in the US and reached Top 10 on iTunes in numerous countries, including the UK, France, Japan, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
Back in 2012 the success of Dyrd í dauðathogn was recognised with no less than four Iceland Music Awards and a nomination for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize during by:Larm in Oslo in Febuary 2013. Asgeir was also announced as one of ten winners of the European Border Breaker Awards that were handed out during the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen in The Netherlands in January 2014. Following the album release, Asgeir did lengthy spates on the road, the highlight for himself being two sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House in January 2015 but Ásgeir’s was greatly received in Australia where his song King and Cross scored #10 on Triple J’s Top 100 songs of 2014.
Tastemakers and critics have wholeheartedly embraced Ásgeir’s stunning and majestic sound. He’s drawn praise from NPR, TIME, The Guardian, Vogue, NME, and more. The Line of Best Fit included In the Silence on their list of best albums of 2014 as did Rough Trade. In the Silence was chosen the Best International Album by GAFFA in Norway and in the US, NPR’s Bob Boilen, who raves “Ásgeir’s voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal,” named In The Silence one of his top albums of 2014, while Amazon named Ásgeir as one of their Artists To Watch in 2015, exclaiming his “soft coo transcends borders.” Ásgeir is currently working on his second album which will be released later this year.
Adele Slater
Assisted by: Jordan Nightingale Jordan.Nightingale@CodaAgency.com