Ásgeir Trausti

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Ásgeir
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Ásgeir in 2013
Background information
Birth nameÁsgeir Trausti Einarsson
Also known asÁsgeir Trausti
Born (1992-07-01) 1 July 1992 (age 26)
Laugarbakki, Iceland
OriginReykjavík, Iceland
GenresAlternative/Indie
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2012–present
LabelsOne Little Indian, Sena, Inertia
Associated actsUniimog, The Lovely Lion
Websiteasgeirmusic.com

Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈauːsceir̥ ˈtʰrœistɪ ˈeiːnar̥sɔn]; born 1 July 1992) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and musician. In his Icelandic releases, he was credited as Ásgeir Trausti.[1] But more recently in 2013 with his launching as an international artist, he has started using the mononym Ásgeir as a recording name. Ásgeir performs with his own band, Ásgeir Trausti Band. He also plays guitar in the Icelandic band The Lovely Lion.[2]

Ásgeir's debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn was released in 2012. The lead single, "Sumargestur", made it to number two on the Tónlist,[3] an unofficial but widely quoted Icelandic Singles Chart, followed by the single "Leyndarmál"[4] (six weeks at number 1 on Tónlist)[3] and the title track "Dýrð í dauðaþögn" from the album (three weeks at #1 on Tónlist).[3]

He has had a Christmas hit with his song "Hvítir skór" in collaboration with Blaz Roca. The single stayed at the top of the Icelandic Singles Chart for 9 consecutive weeks from December 2012 to the end of January 2013.[3]

An English language version of Dýrð í dauðaþögn under the title In the Silence had been scheduled for international release on 27 January 2014, but was made available online on iTunes on 28 October 2013. The American singer John Grant helped with the translation of the lyrics and re-production of the English language album.[3] Based on online sales, the album has already charted in Belgium and Netherlands.

On 13 August 2013, Ásgeir released the video for "King and Cross", the debut single from the prospective album with John Grant appearing in the single release.[5][6] The follow-up single "Going Home" charted in France. The main release to coincide with the release of the album was "Torrent", an English-language version of "Nýfallið regn".

Tour[edit]

During the 2014 North American tour, Ásgeir performed songs both in English and Icelandic.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ICL AUS
[8]
BEL
(FL)

[9]
BEL
(WA)

[10]
DEN
[11]
FRA
[12]
NLD
[13]
UK
[14]
Dýrð í dauðaþögn 1 34
  • ISL: Platinum
In the Silence
(reissue of Dýrð í dauðaþögn)
2 8 42 102 32 36 40
Afterglow
  • Release: 5 May 2017
  • Language: English (The track Hold is in Icelandic)
22
[15]
68 120 103
[16]
58

Live albums[edit]

Album and details Charts Notes
ICL
The Toerag Sessions (as Ásgeir)
  • Live acoustic album recorded in the UK
  • Format: Free download
  • Recorded: February 2013
  • Release date: 14 May 2013
  • Record label:
Track listing:
  1. "Going Home" (4:41)
  2. "On That Day" (4:13)
  3. "Summer Guest" (3:51)

Singles[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification Album
ICL*
2012 "Sumargestur" 2 Dýrð í dauðaþögn
"Leyndarmál" 1
"Dýrð í dauðaþögn" 1
2013 "Nýfallið regn" 5
"Hærra" 7
"Heimförin" 14
2014 "Frá mér til ykkar" 1 N/A
"Stormurinn" 1
2017 "Unbound" N/A

*Positions on Tónlist, an unofficial Icelandic Singles Chart, but indicative of relevant popularity and chart success

Collaborations
Year Single Charts Certification Album
ICL*
2012 "Hvítir skór"
(Blaz Roca and Ásgeir Trausti)
1 N/A

*Positions on Tónlist, an unofficial Icelandic Singles Chart, but indicative of relevant popularity and chart success

International[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification Album
AUS
[8]
DEN
[11]
FRA
[12]
JP
2013 "King and Cross" 77 107 13 In the Silence
"Going Home" 167
"Torrent"
2014 "Heart-Shaped Box" N/A
2017 "Unbound" Afterglow
"Stardust"
"I Know You Know"

Videography[edit]

  • 2013: "King and Cross" [1] (written, filmed and directed by Arni & Kinski)
  • 2013: "Torrent" [2] (directed by Jónatan Grétarsson)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 Icelandic Music Awards[17][18] Album of the Year Dýrð í dauðaþögn Won
Best Newcomer (Pop, rock & blues) Ásgeir Trausti Won
Public Choice Award Ásgeir Trausti Won
Icelandicmusic.com's Online Achievement Award Ásgeir Trausti Won
Songwriter of the Year (Pop & Rock) Dýrð í dauðaþögn Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year (Pop, Rock, Jazz & Blues) Dýrð í dauðaþögn Nominated
Kraumur Awards[19] Kraumur Award 2012 Dýrð í dauðaþögn Won
2013 Nordic Music Prize[20] Best Nordic Album Of The Year, 2012 Dýrð í dauðaþögn Nominated
2014 European Commission European Border Breakers Award[21] Ásgeir Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asgeir UK Headline Shows". Iceland Music Export. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. ^ Day, Laurence (22 October 2013). "Ásgeir – In The Silence". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Lester, Paul (15 July 2013). "New Band of the Day: Ásgeir (No 1,553)". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  4. ^ Arnareggert.is: Nýtt lag frá Ásgeiri Trausta (in Icelandic)
  5. ^ "Ásgeir Trausti". Iceland Music Export. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  6. ^ Murray, Robin (19 April 2013). "Track Of The Day 19/4 - Ásgeir Trausti". Clash. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  7. ^ Bedian, Knar. "Asgeir: An Obligatory Performance". Sound of Boston.
  8. ^ a b Australian chart positions:
  9. ^ "Ásgeir Trausti discography". ultratop.be/nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Ásgeir Trausti discography". ultratop.be/nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Ásgeir Trausti discography". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Ásgeir Trausti discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Ásgeir Trausti discography". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  14. ^ "ASGEIR Discography". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  15. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 19, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Winners and Nominees: 2012". Íslensku Tónlistarverðlaunin. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Canadian International Comedy Festival". canadianmusicfest.com.
  19. ^ "Kraumslistinn 2012". 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  20. ^ "First Aid Kit wins the Third Annual Nordic Music Prize". 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Disclosure Win 2014 European Border Breakers Award". M Magazine. PRS for Music. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.

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