As the lights dimmed and the crowd hushed in anticipation, Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir took the stage at Melbourne Recital Centre for a sold-out performance that can only be described as truly captivating. From the moment he and his band graced the stage, it was evident that the intimate venue was the perfect setting for their enchanting music.
Each song concluded with thunderous applause, only to be followed by a reverend silence as the next one began. Ásgeir possessed a unique ability to captivate the audience, drawing them into his world with such magnetic force.
Performing a captivating blend of Icelandic and English songs, Ásgeir stunned the room as he opened with “Hærra”, before delving into tracks off his latest album Time On My Hands such as the mesmerising “Borderland” and the introspective “Waiting Room”. Adding to the excitement of the night, Ásgeir treated the Melbourne crowd to a new, unnamed song, an ethereal masterpiece that showcased his distinctive sound and thoughtful lyricism.
Midway through the set, the band made a graceful exit, allowing Ásgeir to perform his tracks “Limitless” and “Pictures” solo. This welcomed change of pace injected a fresh dynamic into the show, providing a beautiful interlude that added depth to the overall performance.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of his debut album In The Silence, Ásgeir’s band joined him back on stage as they performed his most popular track, “King and Cross” which received high energy from the crowd as they cheered and sang along.
As the final notes of “Bury the Moon” reverberated through the room, Ásgeir and his band bid farewell to the audience, only to return for an encore. The soul-stirring performances of “Until Daybreak” and “Torrent” brought the evening to a close, prompting a standing ovation and energetic cheers from the satisfied crowd.
Ásgeir’s Melbourne performance was an enchanting journey through emotion and melody, leaving an enduring impression on all who were present. This evening served as a testament to the transformative power of music and left no doubt that Ásgeir’s talent and artistry will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.
FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
Stay up to date with Ásgeir via his website.
Ásgeir’s album Time On My Hands is out now. Listen on Spotify
Header image credit: Eloise Coomber – you can see more photos from the night HERE