Ásgeir is a singer-songwriter from Iceland. With the release of ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’, at just 20 years of age Icelandic singer- songwriter Ásgeir became something of an overnight sensation in his country’s music scene – breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist.
That was reinstated at the Iceland Music Awards that took place on February 20th, Asgeir making an impressive sweep of the board, picking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, Icelandicmusic.com
Award for online achievement and the Public Choice Award.
Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Dyrd í dauðathogn (‘In the Silence’) immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake. In Iceland, the unusual poetry of lyrics have attracted almost as
much attention as the music itself, in part because they are mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father.
The songs themselves, however, are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctive melancholic voice their vibrancy elevates their appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.
One such fan of Dyrd i daudathogn was John Grant (‘Queen Of Denmark’) – currently resident of Iceland himself – who has collaborated with Ásgeir to create an English language version, ‘In The Silence’, which is out now.
“Khushi is defining his own evocative sound as a solo artist…he leans into reverberating echoes, delicate falsettos and hums, building tension to cinematic release. But the lyrics are intimate, delivered in a kind of confidential whisper.” —TIME
“Strange Seasons is…quietly unveiling personal truths, or considering why they stay covered.” —NPR’s All Things Considered
Strange Seasons, the debut album from rising London vocalist, songwriter and producer Khushi, is out now on Warner Records.
“Strange Seasons was recorded in a shed in London over the course of about six years,” Khushi says of the album. “Some of the songs have been with me longer than that and each of them have been through many guises before finding what I felt was their final form on this album. I tried to find the most direct way to present the songs, with the arrangements building up when they needed to but being at their most simple and stripped down elsewhere. I spent many long nights and days in the shed—it was a long but eventually deeply rewarding and emotional process. Towards the end of that process James Blake, who had heard and fallen in love with the album, offered to mix it. We mixed it together in his home studio which was a very inspiring experience and continued the personal touch that contributes to the sound of the album. We tried to elevate the sonic quality whilst leaving as much natural imperfection and humanity in there as we could. This album is my entire heart and soul. It is the end of a very long journey and the start of a new one. I hope you enjoy it.”
Khushi was born and raised in London and lives in Los Angeles. He first rose to prominence with 2013’s “Magpie” and 2014’s “Phantoms.” Of Indian descent, he is also a member of the critically acclaimed band Strong Asian Mothers, U.K. favorites who have played festivals across Europe and spent time on the A-list of BBC radio playlists and toured widely.