At just 21 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 and Asia via One Little Indian in January and via Columbia Records in the USA in March. 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. 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. Asgeir has done lengthy spates on the road for the past 1½ year and will mostly stay on the road for the months ahead with upcoming headline tours in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.
|November 5, 2014 10:30 pm||Harpa Silfurberg – Wednesday|