Today, Ásgeir shares an intimate new video for the title track from his album Bury The Moon– or Sátt, to give the record its Icelandic title – out this Friday, February 7 on One Little Indian Records. Premiered with Forbes, “Vaðandi þurrt” follows previous singles “Pictures,” “Lazy Giants” and “Youth.” Filmed in Höfði House in Reykjavík, the video is the first in a series that sees Ásgeir playing for famous – and less famous – Icelandic ghosts in locations known for being haunted. Ásgeir’s father, 78-year-old poet Einar Georg Einarsson, wrote poems about the ghosts that he reads before the videos, as well.
This project – called “Is anyone listening?” – is a tribute to the Icelandic culture of superstition and the belief in elves and ghosts that has through centuries sparked artistic creativity resulting in stories, poems, books, music and films. As Ásgeir describes: “When we started thinking about places that are connected to ghost stories, Höfdi was the first place that came to mind. It’s one of the most famous houses in Reykjavik mostly because of an event that took place there in 1986 when presidents Gorbachev and Reagan had a meeting there which marked the end of the Cold War. But many people have felt like there is something weird going on in this house, doors opening and closing and sounds of footsteps coming from the second floor and some believe that there is a ghost there. So, we decided to go there and play for it.”
The lauded Icelandic artist makes music that penetrates a little deeper than most. A potent Icelandic songwriter, his debut album soared to success in his native land, before English language edition In The Silence connected with an entirely new audience. An artist of rare scope, sincerity, and emotion, his next step might well be his bravest, and his most enduring.
US TOUR DATES:
3/4: Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Vancouver
3/6: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
3/7: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
3/9: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall