Ásgeir

Earlier this year Ásgeir Trausti left his home in rural Iceland to travel to London, bringing with him only an award-winning debut album sung in his native tongue. Within days he’d landed a recording session at the legendary Toe Rag Studios and a support slot on ex-Czars frontman John Grant’s UK tour. He's now preparing for the English language release of his debut record, which carries imprints of James Blake, Bon Ivor and acclaimed Icelandic folktronica savant Kippi Kaninus.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 31 Jul 2013
  • min read
Within days he’d landed a recording session at the legendary Toe Rag Studios and a support slot on ex-Czars frontman John Grant’s UK tour.

Now the 20-year-old prodigious talent is preparing for the English language release of his beautiful debut Dyrd í dauðathogn through One Little Indian, home to fellow Icelander Bjork.

Ásgeir’s music is curiously wise for a songwriter barely out of his teens, partly down to the otherworldly poetry of his lyrics which originates from his 72-year-old father.

There are hints of James Blake and Bon Iver running through his gentle folk, while the influence of Icelandic artists Kippi Kaninus and Amiina also loom large.

Before landing in the UK, Ásgeir was presented with four Iceland Music Awards and was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize. He also appeared at Sonar and by:Larm festivals before making his US debut, including two sold-out SXSW shows in March. 

With his debut album set for it's UK release this October, expect to hear a lot more from this mercurial songwriter...

I first started writing music because…
I was bored living in the countryside.

I have been making music since…
I was 10.

My music is…
Not all in 4/4.

You'll like me if you listen to...
James Blake.

My favourite venue is… 
So far, L'Olympia in Paris.

Music is important because…
It's my life.

My biggest inspiration is…
My family.

My dream collaboration would be… 
Thom Yorke.

To try me out, listen to my song…
King and Cross (Leyndarmal in Icelandic)

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A javelin thrower!

In 10 years time I want to be...
Alive and doing my fifth album.

http://asgeirmusic.com/
http://asgeirtrausti.bandcamp.com/