Icelandic musician Asgeir grew up in a small village in a family where everyone played an instrument. The youngest of the group, he eventually turned to music as well.
Flash forward to the release of his debut album in 2012, which broke all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist. An estimated 10 per cent of Iceland’s population of 323,002 bought it — closer to 11 percent now — and he outsold the first offerings of Bjork and Sigur Ros.
Two years later, he released a version of his debut in English to start growing his international audience. His sophomore album — “Afterglow” — was released this Spring and includes songs in both Icelandic and English.
As with his first album, his father, a poet, contributed lyrics to the album. His brother also offered some words and joined him in studio for our live session. In addition to new songs, he played his biggest hit yet, “King and Cross“, as well as a STUNNING solo cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” (watch the cover below).
**PHOTOS BY JESSICA HANLEY