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LIVE REVIEW: Ásgeir, Store Vega, 21.03.2014.

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When a guy at Roskilde once told me he had his biggest life epiphany whilst watching Sigur Ros off his face on shrooms, I was in no way sceptical. It sounds like the perfect recipe for sudden realisations. Unfortunately, due to Bon Iver’s long time hibernation (and my lack of penchant for psychedelic drugs), I’ve had little to fill my greater height of consciousness quota. But last night’s gig suggests another majestic Icelander may be able to help me out.

Because Ásgeir Trausti is, quite simply, glorious. His music is uplifting even in its quietest moments, and as the Icelander’s bewitching vocals rise around the dark venue, it hits that perfect musical sweet spot. Suddenly plunging Store Vega into darkness, his brother and long time band mate performs an a cappella folk song in his native tongue to start the set. As the lights increase, the frontman and the other instrumentalists reveal themselves, moving into a quietly building melody. Before long, we’re stuck in a rich, multi-layered soundscape, that maintains itself unto the end of the set, only pausing to accept the loud applause the Danish audience are ready to offer between tracks.

Asgeir (Photo by Ivan Boll)

At 5’1”, I am no match for the statuesque Scandinavians surrounding me. As a result, my view of the stage is limited to the occasional tip toe look at Ásgeir bent over his keyboard in a pool of spotlight. But this is not a bad thing. In soaring vocals over instrumentation that is at times hauntingly dark and at others anthemic, listening to Ásgeir live is a transportation, whether it be covering Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’, or lifting himself into a falsetto for ‘King and Cross’. There’s a rumbling reverb under your feet as he closes the set with ‘Torrent’, that is impossible to resist.

Ásgeir Trausti is soft and powerful. He’s got strength and back up enough to not be fragile, but the music is heartfelt, warm and simple. Store Vega’s high ceilings may be architecturally glamorous enough for the attention and respect this singer demands, but it’s no match for the live show’s content.

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Asgeir | Store Vega, Copenhagen, 21.03.2014

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Photos by Ivan Boll

Asgeir (Photo by Ivan Boll)

Asgeir (Photo by Ivan Boll)

Asgeir (Photo by Ivan Boll)

Asgeir (Photo by Ivan Boll)

Video: Ásgeir – “Torrents”

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Ásgeir Trusti has shared a new video for his single “Torrents”. Ásgeir is set to release his debut international album In The Silence on January 27th on One Little Indian Records, an English version of his Icelandic award winning album Dýrð í dauðaþögn. 

Watch the video for “Torrents” below:

Watch “Going Home” from our session with him below:

Listen to new track from Ásgeir – “Torrent”

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Ásgeir has released new track “Torrents” via his Soundcloud. The song will feature on his debut album In The Silence which is a take on his award winning Icelandic debut album, only translated into English with help from his good friend John Grant. In The Silence is set to be released worldwide October 28th.

Listen to the track below:

Watch “Going Home” from our session with Ásgeir below:

Video: New video from Ásgeir – “King and Cross”

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Ásgeir has released a new video for his current single “King and Cross” set to feature on his English version of last years critically acclaimed debut Dýrð í dauðaþögn which won 4 awards at the 2012 Icelandic Music Awards in Reykjavik. Last week we released our very own session with Ásgeir where he performed two tracks from Dýrð í dauðaþögn, “Going Home” and “Lupin Intrigue” which can be viewed HERE

View the video for “King and Cross” below:

SESSION: Ásgeir

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Classically trained Ásgeir Trausti mixes the raw powerful sound of his tender vocals, acoustic guitar and piano with modern electronic features on his debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn. The Icelandic singer/song writer released his debut album to critical acclaim in Iceland taking home 4 awards at the Iceland Music Awards including, Best Album and Best Newcomer. He’s currently in the process of rewriting Dýrð í dauðaþögn into English with a helping hand from John Grant. Ásgeir and his band took time out during Roskilde Festival to come perform Going Home and Lupin Intrigue.

CREDITS

Production: Here Today
Sound engineer: Peter Emil Skielboe Sloth
Audio mix/master: Guðmundur Kristinn Jónsson

Location: Tapf Studio

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