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Axel Flóvent Unveils New Single Close To You

July 22, 2018

Axel Flóvent feels distant on new single Close To You

“The balladeer lights the fuse on a feelings-stuffed time bomb”
Line of Best Fit

“Icelandic newcomer with a poetic lyrical touch…”
Clash

“Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent’s ‘Forest Fires’ serves as a poetically-penned picture postcard from the wild-places of the heart, signed and delivered by campfire-lit guitars and snowflake falsetto.”
Q Magazine

Close To You is about the feeling of distance in a relationship. Where all your energy and focus goes from enjoying being with someone, into trying to fix something that used to exist or sometimes, never existed”, Axel Flóvent laments. The complex and introverted singer-songwriter has only been living away from his home for a few years – tiny, remote Icelandic fishing village, Husavik (population 2000) – rising to acclaim in 2016 following the release of the impressive Forest Fires EP, closely followed by 2017’s Quiet Eyes EP (the pair amassed 40m+ streams across streaming platforms). Growing up in such a close-knit community, the artist never imagined his music would reach such far-flung corners of the world, despite having seen his cousin Ásgeir become the biggest selling artist in Iceland.

“I’ve always been drawn to the idea we have about the people around us. And how all that really exists is our own pretty picture of them” Flóvent continues. The musician has returned with a brand-new track; Close To You. Produced alongside Odd Martin (Sigrid, Aurora)the track possessesan incredibly plaintive message within a framework of jubilant pop-flecked indie, and represents another stride forward in the exciting musician’s budding musical career.

Flóvent draws on his own vulnerability in a relationship, the exhilaration of first loves as well as the isolation felt upon losing it. “Relationships are weird, and sometimes, when it seems like we need to get closer to our partner or friends, we push them further away. Cause most of the time, lack of confidence kills the natural connection that we created with them in the beginning” he reflects.

Having spent the past 18 months residing in the Netherlands, the now Brighton based singer-songwriter has cultivated a sound reminiscent of The Cure and The 1975 – a track steeped in luscious, sunny guitars and Axel’s signature melodic vocal hooks. “We wake up one day and we realise how distant we are to the person that’s been the “closest” to us for quite some time. We feel it, they feel it, but you don’t really understand why or how it happened. And you try to fix it, because it hurts to break up something that you’ve built with your own hands.”

The young artist heads out on tour throughout Europe this winter, with key UK shows in Brighton and London as well as an appearance at Reykjavik’s Iceland Airwaves Festival.

Tour Dates:

25TH AUG THE BRAVE FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM, NL
6TH NOV ICELAND AIRWAVES REYKJAVIK, IS
20TH NOV PRINCE ALBERT BRIGHTON, UK
21ST NOV THE BORDERLINE LONDON, UK
22ND NOV DE STUDIO ANTWERP, BE
23RD NOV POP BAR HALDERN, DE
24TH NOV ALBANI WINTERTHUR, CH
26TH NOV AMPERE MUNICH, DE
27TH NOV BLUE SHELL KOLN, DE
28TH NOV KUKUUN HAMBURG, DE
30TH NOV PRIVATCLUB BERLIN, DE
1ST DEC BARDZO BARDZO WARSAW, PL
3RD DEC CHELSEA VIENNA, AU
4TH DEC ROCKHOUSE SALZBURG, AU
5TH DEC PPC BAR GRAZ, AU
7TH DEC EKKO UTRECHT, NL
9TH DEC BITTERZOET AMSTERDAM, NL
11TH DEC HOTEL CECIL COPENHAGEN, DK
12TH DEC OBAREN STOCKHOLM, SE
13TH DEC CAFÉ MONO OSLO, NO

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