Icelandic musician Axel Flóvent releases ‘Coexist’ EP (out now via Nettwerk)
March 11, 2022 BY Ken Li
Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter artist Axel Flóvent has released his spellbinding EP titled Coexist today, a collection of collaborative tracks with artists from around the world – Hayden Calnin (Australia), Plàsi (Sweden), and Ciaran Lavery (Ireland) and Tusks (UK). Produced by six times Grammy winner Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire, The Killers, The Temper Trap), the EP is a breathtaking, delicate balance of talents from artists celebrated for crafting their unique sound across an array of genres – pop, folktronica, classical and indie-folk.
The name-giving title track “Coexist” is the first time Axel offers his emotions purely through the keys of a piano, reaching out tenderly, light as a feather. “With the ‘Coexist’ project, I wanted to create a small collective with musician friends of mine I’ve gotten to know these past years. It’s been fascinating and a pleasure, to say the least, to visit the working process of these four artists. All the songs came from different cores, and my main focus with the project was to find a way to meet each other as artists, write these songs together, and find a sonic middle-ground. It took a few tries to get there, but I couldn’t be happier with the result. For the visual part of this project, my focus has been the paintings for the artwork. Each one is painted with the mood and tone of the song in mind,” says Axel.
Working again with director Clara Schiketanz, the video is the latest in a series of clips that has seen the two collaborate. About the video, Clara said, “We coexist with everything around us and in us. Some of us might only think about coexisting with other humans, and think about verbal communication. We interact, our behavior gets mirrored, and so we find a way to coexist or part ways. But we are in silent ongoing relationship with all that is on this planet. The biggest part of that is the nature around us, that keeps on giving us life, without asking for much in return but to treat it with care. It isn’t really too much to ask, is it? We are being mirrored here as well, and if you listen you can hear it’s answer unbearably loud.”
Watch “Coexist” HERE and below…
2. Pictures of You (feat. Hayden Calnin)
3. You (feat. Tusks)
4. Chaos (feat. Plàsi)
5. Give In (feat. Ciaran Lavery)
Coexist EP is available to stream and buy from these digital retailers; click here: https://axelflovent.ffm.to/coexist.
The EP follows the release of Axel’s full-length debut, You Stay By The Sea last year that saw Axel designated “the Artist to Watch in 2021” by Nordic Music Review and the album called a “gift” by Ja Ja Music, only confirming that the Icelandic artist remains “a master of emotive and thoughtful songwriting,” (Line of Best Fit).
2022 Tour Dates:
06.05.22 IE – Dublin – Workman’s Club*
07.05.22 IE – Cork – Winthrop Avenue*
09.05.22 UK – London – Oslo*
10.05.22 UK – Manchester – Night & Day*
11.05.22 UK – London – Oslo (SOLD OUT)*
14.05.22 UK – Bristol – Louisiana (SOLD OUT)*
17.05.22 NL – Amsterdam – Paradiso Noord (VENUE UPGRADE)*
18.05.22 BE – Gent – Trefpunt*
19.05.22 DE – Cologne – Subway*
20.05.22 DE – Berlin – Privatclub*
22.05.22 DE – Hamburg – Hebebühne*
24.05.22 DK – Copenhagen – Ideal Bar, VEGA*
25.05.21 SE – Stockholm – Obaren/Sturehof*
26.05.21 NO – Oslo – Krøsset*
08.09.22 SE – Stockholm – Röda Paradise+
10.09.22 NO – Oslo – Cafe Langs Akerselva+
12.09.22 DK – Copenhagen – Ideal Bar+
13.09.22 DE – Hamburg – Bahnhof Pauli+
14.09.22 DE – Berlin – Berghain Kantine
15.09.22 DE – Köln – Artheater+
16.09.22 NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg+
18.09.22 CH – Zürich – Papiersaal+
21.09.22 DE – Leipzig – Neues Schauspiel+
* Supporting Wild Rivers
+ Co-headline tour with Plàsi
To purchase tickets, please visit axelfloventmusic.com.