Posts Tagged ‘Ásgeir’

April 29, 2017

Afterglow is the title of Icelandic singer songwriter Ásgeir’s highly anticipated new album. In the months and weeks leading up to its release early next month, we’ve been bewitched by many gems off the record, like prismatic Stardust, and ambient entrancing Unbound. Let’s now float away to the sounds of the title track, whose gently tinkling keys and cool skimming vocals place me in a deep blissful trance. Afterglow is a tender orchestral hymnal. It lifts us up gingerly into a phosphorescent sky. Our weary souls feel renewed, our tired hearts revived. I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, something I must do before the day I depart from this earth, but I feel I can see them now in my mind, while I’m listening to Ásgeir’s Afterglow. Pre-order new album Afterglow ahead of its May 5th release date on One Little Indian, here.

April 20, 2017

Apparently, we’re in the midst of an Icelandic love affair this afternoon. We follow up on our prior feature Axel Flóvent’s new single with Ásgeir’s latest, a song named Stardust that comes by way of a vibrant and prismatic music video. In case you missed the announcement when we shared Unbound earlier this year, this Icelandic singer-songwriter and musician is preparing to drop the follow up album to 2014′s excellent In the Silence. Get excited for Afterglow, which arrives soon on May 5th. Stardust is a lush lilter and one of Ásgeir’s more luminous treats. It caresses us with its ginger groove and enchants us with an airy aesthetic. In the center of it all is that easy sailing Ásgeir voice, which I can never, ever resist. Pre-order new album Afterglow, here.

January 27, 2017

I feel like I’ve been in love with Ásgeir for an eternity, having fallen hard for his intoxicating music prior to the release of debut album In The Silence, still a favorite to this day.  The Icelandic artist’s gorgeous folktronica tends to evoke a mixture of 

Sigur Rós, Bon Iver, The Acid, and Ry X. On newly arrived single Unbound, he takes a more ambient and experimental direction that parallels Bon Iver’s own shift in sound on their latest album, with a copious infusion of atmospheric James Blake. Unbound is just as its name suggests, a metaphysical piece that floats and hovers, riding on the wings of Ásgeir’s satin smooth voice. As I’ve been hoping for some time now, Unbound signals the impending arrival of a sophomore album. Afterglow will be released on May 5th via One Little Indian. I bet the record’s going to be a sublime soundtrack to the rebirth and rejuvenation that comes with spring.

October 20, 2014
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This past weekend, I attended Treasure Island Music Festival, despite being sick. Sure, I was going to brave the elements and spend 8-10 hours a day for two days straight at one of my favorite local festivals, but I knew it would be worth it, and I knew I had to make it in by early afternoon on Sunday for this act, Ásgeir. I’ve been excited ever since the announcement of this year’s lineup that I’d finally get to catch the Icelandic artist live. He was everything I’d hoped for live, performing songs with his band, off his excellent debut album In The Silence. He even threw in his cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box, to boot. All in all, it was a magical, beautiful experience, with the backdrop of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay on a gorgeous day to match it all. Sick? Who cares. Today, I found out that Ásgeir is planning to release a 3 disc deluxe edition of In The Silence, via One Little Indian, come November 24. With it will come this lovely new tune, It Will Rain. Funnily enough, it did rain this morning in San Francisco. 

October 20, 2014
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This past weekend, I attended Treasure Island Music Festival, despite being sick. Sure, I was going to brave the elements and spend 8-10 hours a day for two days straight at one of my favorite local festivals, but I knew it would be worth it, and I knew I had to make it in by early afternoon on Sunday for this act, Ásgeir. I’ve been excited ever since the announcement of this year’s lineup that I’d finally get to catch the Icelandic artist live. He was everything I’d hoped for live, performing songs with his band, off his excellent debut album In The Silence. He even threw in his cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box, to boot. All in all, it was a magical, beautiful experience, with the backdrop of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay on a gorgeous day to match it all. Sick? Who cares. Today, I found out that Ásgeir is planning to release a 3 disc deluxe edition of In The Silence, via One Little Indian, come November 24. With it will come this lovely new tune, It Will Rain. Funnily enough, it did rain this morning in San Francisco. 

OFFICIAL VID: Ásgeir – Was There Nothing?

July 28, 2014

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen one of my many posts gushing praise over Icelandic singer songwriter Ásgeir. His debut album In The Silence is still one of my favorites this year, and I’m waiting to catch him live at Treasure Island Music Festival come October, which will be the perfect, scenic setting for his beautiful, soothing, yet powerful music. Today, Ásgeir released a video for In The Silence track Was There Nothing?, one of the folksier, more Bon Iver like, hushed gems. 

OFFICIAL VID: Ásgeir – Was There Nothing?

July 28, 2014

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen one of my many posts gushing praise over Icelandic singer songwriter Ásgeir. His debut album In The Silence is still one of my favorites this year, and I’m waiting to catch him live at Treasure Island Music Festival come October, which will be the perfect, scenic setting for his beautiful, soothing, yet powerful music. Today, Ásgeir released a video for In The Silence track Was There Nothing?, one of the folksier, more Bon Iver like, hushed gems. 

Ásgeir covers Milky Chance Stolen Dance

July 26, 2014

I’m a big fan of Icelandic artist Ásgeir, who released a brilliant debut album, In The Silence, earlier this year. He’s already topped charts back at home, but I’m eagerly waiting for people to pick up more on him here. His set at Outside Lands come August should help, I can’t wait to catch it. His music is at times cinematic like Sigur Ros, other times dream folksy like Bon Iver, and often reminding me of late Radiohead. Drift away to his live cover of German act Milky Chance’s Stolen Dance with me. It’s a song I love very much, and Ásgeir’s version is a more dreamy, tender, and haunting take that’s quite welcome. Then revisit King and Cross below, if you missed my raving features prior to today.

Ásgeir covers Milky Chance Stolen Dance

July 26, 2014

I’m a big fan of Icelandic artist Ásgeir, who released a brilliant debut album, In The Silence, earlier this year. He’s already topped charts back at home, but I’m eagerly waiting for people to pick up more on him here. His set at Outside Lands come August should help, I can’t wait to catch it. His music is at times cinematic like Sigur Ros, other times dream folksy like Bon Iver, and often reminding me of late Radiohead. Drift away to his live cover of German act Milky Chance’s Stolen Dance with me. It’s a song I love very much, and Ásgeir’s version is a more dreamy, tender, and haunting take that’s quite welcome. Then revisit King and Cross below, if you missed my raving features prior to today.

April 23, 2014
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Even if you didn’t buy any vinyl on Record Store Day this past weekend, you must be thankful for all the releases that came out of that special day. Icelandic singer songwriter Ásgeir also released a magical new single for RSD 2014, and as always, it’s a beautiful composition. Ásgeir’s vocals are as angelic and weightless as ever on Here It Comes, and his shadowy, at times Radiohead like electronic-meets-classical production is astonishingly organic and fluid. But it’s no surprise to me, considering how much I’ve championed this amazing artist and his debut album In The Silence earlier this year. He’s huge back at home in Iceland, and he certainly deserves a lot more attention here in the US. I mean, seriously, just listen to this…. amazing.