Exhilarating Folk Pop from Bristol. - Firewoodisland: Sprinter
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posted 27 Jan 2020 by Krister Axel
An atmospheric soundscape, beautiful vocal harmonies, and a heartfelt message of encouragement.

Firewoodisland is the Bristol-based collaboration between multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri, originally from Norway and Wales. With a driving kick drum and percussive string section, "Sprinter"​ is a motivational and melodic anthem that fuses emotional empathy with raw, positive energy.

Positioned as a paean to personal redemption that arrives just in time for the new year, this song focuses on someone who has gone through a hard time, and is just getting ready some rebirth. A series of high-profile shows in 2019 - including performances at Øya Festival, Between The Trees​, ​Farmfest​, ​and Oxjam ​Cardiff ​Takeover - along with support from tastemakers like Alex Rainbird Music, BBC Radio​, and Norway’s NRK P3, have created a buzz around the music of Stian and Abi. "Sprinter" offers a gift to thrill-seeking music-lovers around the world with an exhilarating blend of violin, trumpet lines, synthesizers, and acoustic guitar.

Stian ​grew up on ​Karmøy, a west-coast island in Norway​, and studied music production. The name ​Firewoodisland ​is a direct translation of his surname, and although the project started out as a solo-act, ​Stian eventually met ​Abi in Cardiff where she was studying illustration. The two soon paired up to form the band, while ​Abi soon took over artwork duties in order to showcase her mesmerizing illustrations. An atmospheric soundscape, beautiful vocal harmonies, and a heartfelt message of encouragement transform "Sprinter" into an uplifting narrative about finding your true self, and never giving up.

This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

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Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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