Icelandic musician Axel Flóvent shares “You (feat. Tusks)” + announces Coexist EP (out 11th March)
February 7, 2022 BY Penny Palmer
Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter artist Axel Flóvent is set to release a spellbinding collection of collaborative tracks with artists from around the world – Hayden Calnin (Australia), Plàsi (Sweden), and Ciaran Lavery (Ireland) and Tusks (England). 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.
“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.
Following the previously released singles – “Chaos (feat. Plàsi)” and “Give In (feat. Ciaran Lavery)” and “Pictures of You (feat. Hayden Calnin)“ – Axel returns with a “You” a collaboration with English singer and electronic musician Tusks (aka Emily Underhill).
“‘You’ is about losing the feeling for someone you were once in love with, as they slowly turn back into a stranger in your eyes. When Emily came up with the idea, it was an instant connection and a smooth creation from the get-go. It felt like the clarity I needed at the time, and we’re both so happy with where it landed.” – Axel
“I’d written the main hook of this song years ago & when Axel called me up and suggested we collaborate, I thought it would be perfect for us to work on together. I think we both compliment each other’s songwriting styles, so the whole process just happened quickly and organically. I loved creating it with him.” – Tusks
The EP follows the release of Axel’s full-length debut, You Stay By The Sea, 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 (SOLD OUT)*
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*
25.05.22 SE-Stockholm – Obaren/Sturehof*
26.05.22 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.
Coexist – track listing:
2. Picture of You (Feat. Hayden Calnin)
3. You (Feat. Tusks)
4. Chaos (Feat. Plàsi)
5. Give In (Feat. Ciaran Lavery)