"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Though Americans may not have heard of him yet, one in ten people in Iceland own “In the Silence” by Ásgeir, a melodic folk singer and instrumentalist whose debut album has rapidly outsold internationally known Icelandic acts Bjork and Sigur Ros.
The folktronica album has garnered awards in Iceland not just for its airy music, but also for its poetic lyrics, almost all of which were written by the young singer’s 72 year-old father.
On March 4, One Little Indian/Columbia Records will release the English version of Ásgeir’s album, with translations by singer John Grant. Salon has the exclusive premiere, which you can stream below:
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)