Iceland

Droning organ sounds, piano fragments, rainy-day strings, a choir, and even the shortwave sound of mysterious “numbers” stations come together on Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s debut release on the classically oriented Deutsche Grammophon label.

When he was 20, Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson released an album in Iceland, sung in Icelandic, with many of the words written by his father. Dýrð í dauðaþögn became the biggest-selling debut in Icelandic music history.

Let's Hear That One More Time, In Icelandic

Oct 10, 2014
One Little Indian Records

Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.

Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!

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