Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Ásgeir - Lupin Intrigue

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk


Pop music comes in many shapes and sizes, but placing this track from Ásgeir is a bit tricky. The Icelandic musician releases his new single 'King And Cross' on Monday with 'Lupin Intrigue' being merely the B-side. We haven't heard the A-side, but it would have to be pretty impressive to top this. Although it may appear slow and reasonably uneventful at first, it's not even repeat plays that are needed for you to fall for 'Lupin Intrigue'. It's got you by the end of that first listen.

There's a certain classical element here, which is interestingly juxtaposed with minimalist electronica, all disguised as a piano ballad. Ásgeir's voice is a powerful tool, not because the lyrics are bellowed at a breathtaking volume, quite the opposite. His restrained approach suits the air of intrigue created by the unusual mix of styles on display. It can't be easy to compose something that sounds so original, so he deserves a doff of the cap for that, and another one for building this song into a stirring, evocative track before it reaches the end. Top stuff.



Ásgeir's website

Buy the single

Catch him live:

Aug 08 Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern, Germany
Aug 13 Vox Hall, Arhus, Denmark
Aug 14 SCHLACHTHOF, Wiesbaden, Germany
Aug 19 Rivierenhof, Antwerp, Belgium
Aug 20 FZW, Dortmund, Germany
Aug 23 Wonderfestiwall, Gudhjem, Denmark
Sep 27 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Oct 02 Skråen i Nordkraft, Aalborg, Denmark
Oct 03 Voxhal, Aarhus, Denmark
Oct 04 Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark





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