Review: Ásgeir – In the Silence
Published on February 4th, 2014 | Jonny Abrams
Ásgeir Trausti is apparently such a big deal back in Iceland that an estimated one in ten of his countryfolk owns a copy of his debut album Dyrd í dauðathogn, of which In the Silence is an English language version translated by none other than John Grant.
Apparently (part 2) Ásgeir’s band performed live on Made In Chelsea as the cast “discussed their feelings”. Euch…but let’s not jump to conclusions, especially since we really quite liked his “King and Cross” single of last year.
There is undoubtedly a certain mass appeal to Into the Silence, which fortunately is tempered by more experimental moments – the synaesthetically clacking and creaking rhythm section of “Head in the Snow”, for example, or the huffing brass section of “King and Cross”.
The mass appeal and the layers of intrigue are locked in a battle for supremacy across In the Silence, but it’s all enriched with a genuineness that shines through on the Shins-y title track and even wherever the electronics are given freer rein.
Fans of Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Bell X1 and Tunng, apply within.
In the Silence is out now on One Little Indian Records.
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