Axel Flóvent Shares “Driving Hours” Video + Tour Dates With Radical Face
February 6, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent shares the latest single “Driving Hours” from his upcoming Nettwerk debut EP Tourist (out March 27). Co-produced by Ian Grimble (1975, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter, Bear’s Den, Mumford & Sons) and Myriot (London Grammar, Aurora, IDER), the propulsive track reminisces on a missed opportunity for love.
Speaking about the song, Axel explains, “[‘Driving Hours’] is about getting in your own way and letting fear blind you from the truth. It’s about breaking a relationship by overthinking everything and being indecisive.” Filmed in Iceland and directed by filmmaker Magnus Andersen, the video captures that sense of isolation and desolation when trapped within one’s own mind.
Earlier this month, Flóvent joined Radical Face (Ben Cooper’s musical project) on the road for an extensive North American tour that began on January 21 in Phoenix and ends on March 15 in Atlanta.
Born and raised in the Northern fishing village of Húsavík, Axel recorded his first EP Forest Fires, it was here where the songs were written under the influence of everything from Bon Iver to Bombay Bicycle Club. It yielded an international phenomenon in the form of the title track, generating over 40 million streams. At 19 years old, he moved into his first apartment in Amsterdam and “felt so isolated.” He admits, “I was supposed to be in a music mecca, but I never left the apartment.” So, he traded Amsterdam for the seaside town of Brighton in the UK where he recorded the EP Youthful Hearts. Living in Brighton gave Axel “the clarity to move to Iceland.” Last year, Axel returned to Iceland, and chose to plant roots in the capital Reykjavík. Tapping into the DIY spirit of his earliest recordings, but with a sense of refinement and newfound wisdom, Axel recorded Tourist with Grimble.
Thurs., Feb 6 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Fri., Feb 7 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Wed., Feb 26 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Fri., Feb 28 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Sat., Feb 29 Detroit, MI @ El Club
Sun., 3/1 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Tues., 3/3 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Wed., 3/4 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Fri., 3/6 Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
Sat., 3/7 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Sun., 3/8 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere – Hall
Wed., 3/11 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live – Downstairs
Thurs., 3/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sat., 3/14 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Sun., 3/15 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
EP Track List:
- Driving Hours
- Sea Creatures