Coffee BreakÁsgeir: Love Child Of Sigur Rós And The XX


After receiving 5 music awards in his home country Iceland, Ásgeir Trausti was finally convinced that he was ready for the rest of the world. At the moment he's touring in Europe with his third album. Make yourself a cup of coffee and discover some northern electropop!

Dýrð í dauðaþögn 

Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson was born on the first of July in 1992. He released his first album (with this unspeakable name) when he was only 20 years old. All the songs on his debut album are in Icelandic. This made him incredibly popular from the start in his home country, but it was hard to reach the rest of the world. At the time he used Ásgeir Trausti as his artist name. Later, on his English releases, he changed his name to Ásgeir.
At the end of 2012, Ásgeir Trausti record a Christmas song with Icelandic rapper BlazRoca, which became a massive hit. How the Icelanders survived having this song on nr. 1 for over 9 weeks is still a mystery to me. Feel free to judge yourself...

In The Silence

As said before, a record in Icelandic isn't very accessible for the rest of the world. Two years after releasing his debut album, Ásgeir (from now on without Trausti) recorded a reissue of that record. All songs were translated in English with the help of John Grant. The album got some attention in many countries, but if we look at the sales the Belgians and the Dutch became the biggest fans. On stage, Ásgeir performs in English as well as Icelandic. It's always intriguing to listen to the original lyrics when you know the English version of the song. 


Last May, Ásgeir released his third studio album called Afterglow. Because more people know the singer by now, he has a very busy touring scheme. He already played several shows in France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. Next week he'll be travelling to Belgium, Germany, Italy and Austria. It's clear that he has outgrown the northern island. With this album he's undertaking a project to raise awareness on marine pollution. He literally dropped a 7" vinyl in the ocean south of Reykjanes. Whoever finds the 'album in a bottle' can keep it. If you find yourself in Iceland one of these days, make sure to keep an eye on the bottle's location

Do you want to discover more music from Ásgeir's home country? Check out the country sounds about Iceland!


There's an incredible amount of artists and bands on this planet. Sometimes they make it to the news, yet you don't really know who they really are. 'Coffeebreak' to the rescue. In one cup of coffee, we give you a crash course: five keytracks with five paragraphs of explanation. After that you can safely join all coffee machine conversations.