Iceland’s Axel Flóvent Releases ‘Tourist’ EP (Out Today Via Nettwerk)
March 27, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent shares his Nettwerk debut EP Tourist (out now). The EP – which includes previously released singles “Tourist” & “Driving Hours” as well as soulful tracks like “Sea Creatures” and “Moonstone” – is a collection of songs about moving home and finding respite from loneliness.
Speaking about the EP, Axel explains, “I’ve been quite lost with where I wanted to go and where I wanted my music to take me. And now, I feel like I’ve let go a bit to let my music speak for itself. While putting this EP and the upcoming album together, I stopped trying to control everything and just did what felt right at the time. It’s the most honest picture of what my music represents to me.”
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 Ian Grimble (1975, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter, Bear’s Den, Mumford & Sons). Listen HERE.
EP Track List:
- Driving Hours
- Sea Creatures
“There’s a purity, an assured honesty of Axel’s work which leaves a lasting impact.” – Clash
“[Axel Flóvent] recalling the likes of Damien Rice and Justin Vernon but with added melancholy” – The Line of Best Fit
“Flóvent has a naturally flawless vocal range, rising and falling dramatically alongside heavy piano chords and singular electric instrumentals” – EARMILK
“Flóvent’s vocals are full of raw emotion.” – Wild Honey Pie
“When Axel sings, he’s guiding you to that holy place of sanity. Improprieties are swept to one column of categories, to be dissected and rearranged. Love is what it is. Credibility for going onward, is that challenge for survival and turning of the chapters” – Come Here Floyd