I'm deep in a beautiful rut right now with acoustic indie overtaking my queue. Maybe it's the [not quite] spring weather that's got me so folked up, or the fact that songs like "Forest Fires" from Icelandic indie artist Axel Flóvent are just so undeniably great.
Hailing from the tiny town of Akureyr, Flóvent's bedroom-produced "Beach" put him on the map this year. He has a warm and enchanting authenticity, and sonical similarity to fellow countryman Ásgeir (who he'd be the perfect opener for, if/when Ásgeir gets off tour with Hozier).
"Forest Fires" has serene verses, and a chorus that consumes and blooms like a mushroom cloud. It dissipates and draws back and feels like we're all poised, waiting, taking a deep breath before diving back into the immensely emotive ending. The track is like a bridge connecting us across the seas to his remote recording location, united by the universal emotions he evokes.
The Forest Fires EP will be be released on May 25 via Trellis Records, so get to know this artist who is sure to spread like wildfire.