ÁSGEIR TO RECORD REQUESTS LIVE FROM FANS STRAIGHT TO VINYL OVER 24 HOURS
Link will broadcast live footage of Ásgeir performing from 6pm (GMT) on 5/7 until 6pm (GMT) 6/7:
- Fans can request songs using hashtag #asgeirstraighttovinyl on social media, or commenting underneath YouTube video of the broadcast
- Songs will be recorded straight to vinyl, making each record unique and one-of-its-kind
- Each vinyl will have handwritten tracklisting by Ásgeir
- Finished vinyl will be scattered around various cities for the public to find
- WATCH LIVE HERE ONLY FROM 6PM (GMT)
- "The eerie Underneath It, the gently throbbing I Know You Know and the glitch Unbound will appeal to fans of Bon Iver and James Blake”
The Sunday Times
“Afterglow is an absolute treat for the ears, with chattering electronic melodies, glitchy stop-start sections, and warm synth swells.”
“This latest release looks to pave the way for global domination.”
“Wonderful moments such as the chaotic creativity of “Here Comes The Wave In”, the bold ballad “New Day” and the elegiac “Hold”
“Asgeir became the toast of Iceland with his gorgeous debut album…he’s returning with an edgier, electronic element to his sound”
“Gorgeous trip-hop piece where he parallels the vocal stylings of Justin Vernon and the darkness of James Blake”
“An exciting example of what’s to come, the Icelandic superstar is set to go global.”
Wonderland On 5th July, Icelandic artist and global chart-topper Ásgeir plans to perform song requests from fans for 24 hours in his Reykjavik studio, live onto a lathe vinyl cutter (a dubplate) as an acetate.
In collaboration with the Icelandic national television (RÚV) Ásgeir has announced his "Straight to Vinyl" project where he will record stripped down versions of his music as well as selected covers directly to 7" vinyl records during the course of 24 hours. Each vinyl will include handwritten tracklisting with totally unique recordings that won't exist anywhere else.
The project will take place in his studio in Iceland and will be broadcasted as live Slow TV on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV) and on Ásgeir’s YouTube channel worldwide between 6pm (GMT) on July 5th and 6pm (GMT) on July 6th. Slow TV is a term used for a genre of live "marathon" television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length.
The records will be made available to Ásgeir's fans via an international scavenger hunt in various cities – to be announced at a later date. Ásgeir encourages his fans to tune in and participate in the event on social media with the hashtag #asgeirstraighttovinyl and by commenting on YouTube which songs they'd like to see performed and recorded.
Released on May 5th 2017 via One Little Indian, Ásgeir's second album Afterglow has all the confident hallmarks of an artist who’s now at home with his status as one of music’s most exciting new voices. The album ambitiously balances icy electronic shades with soul, R&B and even gospel influences from different eras and places.
Winner of the 2012 Album of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards, the singer’s debut ‘In The Silence’ sold so many copies that it is estimated one-tenth of the population now owns that release. The ubiquity of the album (entitled Dýrð í dauðaþögn in Iceland) also caught the attention of musician John Grant, who immediately recognised Ásgeir's musical talent and ended up translating the lyrics into English for the international version of the album.
The introverted and humble artist couldn’t have predicted the immensity of his success – coming from the Icelandic town of Laugarbakki, populated by just 40 people. The same year, Ásgeir sold out two shows at Sydney Opera House, one at Shepard’s Bush Empire and played a mesmerising show at London’s Union Chapel, which sold out months in advance. The album became the fastest selling debut from a home grown artist in Iceland, breaking all previous records and outselling Björk and Sigur Ros by a long way. At just 20 years of age, Ásgeir had become an overnight sensation. The ambitious artist has since played sold out shows all over Europe including a sold-out London date at Koko. He returns to London in October to headline at The Roundhouse. FOR ALL PRESS ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT KATIEM@INDIAN.CO.UK
July 4, 2017 2:26pm ET by Pressparty