Musicians Bríet and Ásgeir Trausti released the song Venus this morning. In an interview this morning, Ásgeir Trausti stated that work on the song had begun four years ago but was not finished until this year.
Eleven years since Dýrð í dauðaþögn
It’s been eleven years since Ásgeir Trausti released the song Dýrð í dauðaþögn from the eponymous album. The song and the album enjoyed enormous popularity. A year later, in 2013, Ásgeir released an English version of the album, In the Silence.
On the occasion of the album’s tenth anniversary last year, Bríet released a cover of the song that can be found on the album Stór agnarögn.
Venus, four years in the making
This morning, Ágeir and Bríet released their first collaborative effort, Venus.
In an interview with Iceland Review this morning, Ásgeir explained that he and Bríet had begun working on the song four years ago: “A sketch of the song was originally created a few years ago when Júlíus Róbertsson and I were playing around with a recorder,” Ásgeir explained. “I then showed the song to Bríet in 2018, and we decided to work on it together. There was no time to finish it then, but we took it out of the drawer again this year and finally finished it.”
IR also spoke to Bríet who added that “life had simply taken over” during those four intervening years.
Asked about her favourite part of the song, Bríet referred to the lyrics: “When we sing about Venus illuminating the Milky Way. I love how that line makes me look up and admire the stars. Ásgeir Trausti, asked the same question, referred to the chorus: “(My favourite part) is when the first chorus starts. A fun groove begins, to which you can start dancing.”
As for the immediate future, Ásgeir will be working with musician Árný Margrét in the studio, recording her second album. “Then there are a few gigs in the fall, including a concert with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in November. And a European tour in November and December. Otherwise, I’m just always working on new music, my own and with others.”
Bríet has one thing on her schedule over the coming weeks. “To be happy.”