With his widely acclaimed debut In The Silence, the popularity of Icelandic musician Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson shot up like an eruption of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. His music forms a miraculous cross-pollination in which indie-folk, R&B, and electronics converge into widescreen heart-warming pop songs.
The songs recorded for In the Silence had a special characteristic: all lyrics were not written by Ásgeir himself, but his father, the poet Einar Georg Einarsson. Successor Afterglow bravely continued that upward trend, with extra emphasis on colorful, distorted synths and wayward experimentation with voice and electronic beats.
His new album Bury The Moon is a direct but continually surprising experience, moving from starkly beautiful folk passages through to clinical electronics. It’s a record that connects the innately personal to the outside world, by linking his instantly-recognizable acoustic force to some refreshing, addictive new ideas.