Following his 24-hour Straight To Vinyl Marathon that was aired live all over the world, Icelandic alt-pop star Ásgeir has teamed up with a revered independent record store in London to coordinate a “treasure hunt” this Friday, offering fans the one-of-a-kind 7” vinyl, that includes rare tracks and covers, which were requested by fans on social media back in July. The tracks were recorded live straight onto vinyl at the critically-acclaimed artist’s Reykjavik studio during the marathon, and shown on National TV. Each territory has its own rare 7” with different tracks on each.
One of the tracks included on the rare 7” that’s up for grabs is a haunting cover of Tallest Man on Earth’s ‘There’s No Leaving Now’, which Ásgeir has shared today.
The prize, which also includes two tickets to Ásgeir’s almost sold out headline show at The Roundhouse (with support from hotly tipped Jagjaguwar-signed
Ásgeir is currently on tour throughout North America, including a stop at Austin City Limits Music Festival. The unique artist returned in May with second album ‘Afterglow’. The monumental record was a career-defining moment for the musician, who’s follow up to debut album ‘In The Silence’ was greatly anticipated by fans worldwide.
Ásgeir couldn’t have predicted such an enormous success off the back of his debut, coming from an Icelandic town of just 40 people, the artist is every bit as introverted and humble as he is talented. ‘In The Silence’ became the fastest selling debut EVER in Iceland, breaking all previous records and outselling both label-mate Björk and Sigur Ros by a long way – both huge Icelandic artists. Now, over 10% of the entire Icelandic population own the album. His sophomore album ‘Afterglow’ has already overtaken the previous album’s streaming stats by a country mile; praised by music critics and on constant rotation at BBC Radio 1 and 6Music, Radio X, Absolute and Virgin Radio.