NME.COM

Ásgeir - 'In The Silence'

Plaintive songs, full of heartbreak, mountains and fjords

Press
Photo: Press
  • Record Label One Little Indian
  • Ásgeir - 'In The Silence'
7 / 10
Ásgeir Trausti is a star back in Iceland, where record-breaking sales mean one in 10 of his countryfolk own a copy of this spellbinding debut. It’s easy to hear his plaintive songs, full of heartbreak, mountains and fjords, and picture Ásgeir recording in Bon Iver-style isolation. The truth is more sociable – his father contributes lyrics (translated here by John Grant), his brother plays bass and the music shimmers into colour with tumbling guitar, waves of brass and flowing electronic pulses. Ásgeir’s band played live on Made In Chelsea while the cast discussed their feelings recently. Not the ideal showcase for the intimate affection of ‘Was There Nothing?’ and ‘Going Home’, but don’t dismiss this shy wonder by association.

Stuart Huggett

Share This

More Reviews

Viola Beach - 'Viola Beach' Review

Viola Beach’s name will always be synonymous with tragedy, but at least now we have a document of who this band were

Album

'Finding Dory' - Film Review

It’s essentially just a slick remix of Finding Nemo, but Finding Dory’s emotional moments will definitely hook you in

Movie

'Born To Be Blue' - Film Review

Ethan Hawke toots the horn for Chet Baker in this not-quite-a-biopic that takes jazzy liberties with the truth

Movie

Blossoms - 'Blossoms' Review

A heroic blend of radio-friendly guitar pop and bristling disco from the Stockport five-piece named after a pub

Album
Tickets
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine