11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The legend is already growing. It’s said that one in 10 Icelanders owns a copy of In the Silence, making Asgeir Trausti the fastest-selling artist in Iceland, ahead of Sigur Ros and Björk. His bright "folktronica" is dominated by surprising, pretty melodies and light, airy beats. “Summer Guest” flows with an indelible hook, and “King and Cross” positively bounces with joy in its step. Singer/songwriter John Grant translated the lyrics into English for the U.S. version of the album—and if they sound particularly experienced, consider that Asgeir’s 72-year-old father, Einar Georg Einarsson, was among the team of writers for the 20-year-old sensation. “Head in the Snow” displays a bit of The Shining in its stir-crazy winter assessment that “biting cold takes its toll on the body.” Sure, the vocal and orchestral beauty of “Torrent” fulfills the Bon Iver comparisons that are obviously deserved, but they aren't the entire picture by any means. Asgeir’s melancholy is his own, after all, and songs like “Was There Nothing?” and “Going Home” pulse with a personal, unique sense. The album closer—the gorgeous “Sooth This Pain”—is an iTunes bonus exclusive.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The legend is already growing. It’s said that one in 10 Icelanders owns a copy of In the Silence, making Asgeir Trausti the fastest-selling artist in Iceland, ahead of Sigur Ros and Björk. His bright "folktronica" is dominated by surprising, pretty melodies and light, airy beats. “Summer Guest” flows with an indelible hook, and “King and Cross” positively bounces with joy in its step. Singer/songwriter John Grant translated the lyrics into English for the U.S. version of the album—and if they sound particularly experienced, consider that Asgeir’s 72-year-old father, Einar Georg Einarsson, was among the team of writers for the 20-year-old sensation. “Head in the Snow” displays a bit of The Shining in its stir-crazy winter assessment that “biting cold takes its toll on the body.” Sure, the vocal and orchestral beauty of “Torrent” fulfills the Bon Iver comparisons that are obviously deserved, but they aren't the entire picture by any means. Asgeir’s melancholy is his own, after all, and songs like “Was There Nothing?” and “Going Home” pulse with a personal, unique sense. The album closer—the gorgeous “Sooth This Pain”—is an iTunes bonus exclusive.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings
82 Ratings
vandecamps ,

Finally!!

Since I first stumbled upon Asgeir, I couldn't stop listening. Finally available in the US! Though I would love get an Icelandic version of this album....The Iceland language is much more poetic!

Indiequeen813 ,

Breath of fresh air...

I've been following this guy for only a few months, but I was definitely anticipating the U.S. release of this album. All I can say is - wow. The lyrics are so eloquent and poetic and his blend of acoustic guitar with electronic sounds and brass instruments make for a truly beautiful and haunting piece. Just hoping he gets to tour here!

tgill42 ,

The next big thing

Been waiting FOREVER for this full album to be released over here. This is some of THE BEST new music I've heard in years. Period.

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