It's fair to say the wider world has fallen head over heels in love with Icelandic music in the past couple of decades. From Bjork to Sigur Ros to Asgeir, this small, sleepy country has always punched somewhat above its weight when it comes to its musical output.
Hailing from the northern fishing village of Húsavík, Axel Flóvent is a young man with previously modest ambitions. That was until the ‘word of mouth’ success of ‘Beach’ - his latest demo – which set pulses racing when it racked up over 22,000 Soundcloud plays in the short space of three months. Now Axel is looking to the future with optimism thanks to this incredible vote of confidence.
The overall strength of his new E.P ‘Forest Fires’ suggests he has every right to.
From the tender, plucked opening notes of the E.P’s title track to the stunning crescendo that brings the curtain down on the new and improved version of ‘Beach’, it’s a release that bleeds emotion from start to finish. His folk music may draw influence from traditional Icelandic compositions, but its many layers suggest a more modern, ‘worldly’ outlook. At its core it’s acoustic and low key, and yet it bears obvious influences from other forms of music such as indie rock, pop and electronic music.
Despite his tender years, Axel has been active writing and recording his own songs for a while now, and has numerous online releases available. With the ‘Forest Fires’ E.P, he has delivered a body of work that will capture the hearts and minds of a wider audience outside his home country and prove that once and for all: Iceland’s music scene is alive and kicking.