Hailing from Icelandic town Akureyri where the singer studied art, Flóvent makes a new chapter in his life ultimately led to the formation of the new single.
“’City Dream’ is such a chapter change for me in every way” explains Axel. “I’ve moved to another country, all new people around me, I feel more in control over what I’m creating in terms of fewer mental devils holding me back inside my head. Exploring this whole new version of the world I never knew before.”
“‘City Dream’ is a contagious blend of ‘80s art-pop inspired guitars, saxophone, keys and soulful hooks. Produced by Tim Bran and Roy Kerr (MyRiot), who have worked with the likes of London Grammar, Birdy, La Roux, Rae Morris and more, the track chronicles Flóvent’s battle with his inner demons following a period of struggling with his mental health.
As Axel Flóvent explains: “I always felt like when I went back to Iceland after tours and travels, I was less in control of my writing and my overall mindset. The country and the society can be so isolating & overwhelming, especially when you don’t feel like you fit in.”
Flóvent’s captivating and soothing vocal sits amongst a compelling blend of ‘80s art-pop inspired guitars, saxophone, keys and soulful hooks throughout ‘City Dream’; its contagious chorus pulling at the heart strings and painting a vivid picture of bright city lights.
Expanding on the lyrical themes of ‘City Dream’, Flóvent said: “It’s been a two-year journey since I released ‘Forest Fires’, and I’ve played in lot of amazing countries, and a lot of amazing festivals, but for some reason everything felt out of place. And I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and I always had the dream of trying to move some place else.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love Iceland and I always feel really safe and peaceful going there. But I’m not supposed to be there for now. So that is what ‘City Dream’ is about.”