I'm this close to moving to Iceland (or I would be were it not for the fact that the collapse of their financial industry was even more catastrophic than America's). Every new band that I hear from that tiny island nation makes me fall in love with their music scene even more. First, I fell in love with Bjork. Then, Of Monsters and Men stole my heart. And, now, Axel Flóvent
has arrived to represent that next generation of Icelandic stars.
We're premiering Flóvent's newest EP, Forest Fires
, and it is gorgeous. Combining the rustic and Nordic sensibilities of his fellow countrymen, Of Monsters & Men, with the acoustic folk beauty of one of my favorite Brits, Ben Howard, Flovent has created one of the most otherworldly and intimate folk records of the year. Whether it's the record's two obvious singles, "Forest Fires" and "Dancers," or the two deeper cuts, the record wraps you in its almost paradoxical mixture of warmth and icy distance. I don't know what Iceland is feeding their kids, but keep it up if it continues to produce music this gorgeous.