Ásgeir “Time On My Hands (Lo-Fi Version)” 

October 2023 | MUSIC, 23/10

Ásgeir Trausti Einarson was born in Iceland, where his father is a well-known poet. As a child, he lived on an island, then in a sparsely populated village. He left them at the age of sixteen to move to Reykjavik. During his childhood, he practiced music relentlessly. He released his first album in 2012. Most of the lyrics were written by his father, and the album was a great success in Iceland, so much so that he released an English version the following year. His style is driven by his high-pitched voice, which, while securely posed, brings a sense of lightness, almost fragility. He mixes a folk foundation with electronic elements. With a little less lushness in the arrangements, one is reminded of certain Sufjan Stevens recordings. The lo-fi version of his fifth album is a stripped-down reworking of the tracks on the 2022 album. The clean, uncluttered production makes it impossible to classify this album with those of Pavement. By concentrating on his voice and melodies, accompanied by strings, he shows us with this version that beauty doesn’t need artifice to be bewitching. When can we expect a vinyl version?