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Ásgeir’s Glasgow Concert Gets Rave Review

Published December 18, 2013

Icelandic musician Ásgeir gets four stars out of five in The Guardian for his concert in Glasgow on Sunday evening, where he‘s likened to both Múm and Mumford & Sons.

Ásgeir (formerly Ásgeir Trausti) has been touring the UK since November and ended his tour, for now, on Monday in Manchester. But it‘s the concert at Broadcast in Glasgow that the Guardian writer was so impressed with.

“As Ásgeir navigates through the uplifting piano chord progressions of Lupin Intrigue, you can begin to understand how an entire country could fall for him,” reads the review by Graeme Virtue

Explaining how Ásgeir’s debut album broke sales records in Iceland and outdid both Sigur Rós and Björk, Ásgeir is called a “one-man One Direction in Iceland.”

Praising his debut album, Virtue describes Ásgeir’s music as “hushed acoustic sketches and sympathetic burbles of electronica. The special sauce is Ásgeir’s voice, distinctively keening and layered with harmonies. It is so transporting it makes whatever he’s actually singing about almost immaterial.”

Virtue does a play on words when likening the acoustic performance of Summer Guest to “Múmford” and overall it seems he’s quite smitten by Ásgeir’s music.

That’s a rave review for the shy Icelander whose English language version of his debut album comes out next month, called ‘In the Silence’ it’s musically identical to the Icelandic version but with lyrics co-written by John Grant.

Ásgeir has now returned to Iceland for the holidays, where he’ll play a few gigs in Reykjavík and North Iceland between Christmas and New Year’s, but continues touring end of January, starting in Norway before taking off to Asia.

Returning to Europe in March, Ásgeir will play in the UK again in April, playing at the Union Chapel in London.


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