FIREWOODISLAND

Bristol-based Welsh/ Norwegian duo Firewoodisland share their cover version of Alphaville's "Forever Young".

The Bristol-based indie-pop duo, Firewoodisland share their cover version of ‘Forever Young’ (Warner Music UK).

The single is a reworked acoustic version of the well-known song by Alphaville.

The duo has graced the airwaves with support from BBC Radio Wales (A-List), BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe & Maconie and Tom Robinson, BBC Radio’s Introducing In The West, Devon, and Stoke, Amazing Radio and Norway’s NRK P3. The pair have also caught the attention of Youtube channels such as Wave of Good Noise, alexrainbirdMusic, and La Belle Musique and their music was featured on shows such as Netflix's Shadowhunters and Global TV's NURSES to name a few.

Firewoodisland performed at the 100 Dager industry showcase in Norway, played a dozen Sofar Sounds Sessions and performed at festivals like Between The Trees, Farmfest, Klubb Dagen at Øya Festival, Oxjam Cardiff Takeover, Vikedal Roots Music Festival, BBC’s Introducing stage at Latitude Festival and headlined Richer Unsigned’s lunchtime showcase.

What started as a solo project is now the joint creative project of artists, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri. Hailing from a windswept west coast island of Norway, Stian met Abi after moving to Cardiff, to study for a master in music production. Abi, was at the time studying illustration, and the two paired up to form the band, releasing their debut EP, in 2014. Their last album (a self-titled masterpiece released beginning of this year) was a turning point for Firewoodisland, as the duo finally felt that they had come into themselves creatively. The unique pair handle all creative assets in house, from audio to visual.


Inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Of Monsters and Men, and Oh Wonder, Firewoodisland’s distinctive sound, christened ‘Mountain Pop’, is a perfect blend of organic and digital elements. 2019 saw the duo add cellist Simon Walker, with the occasional additional session musician, to their live outfit and they deliver an epic performance through the use of multi-layering and looping, reminiscent of James Blake or Oh Wonder.


Opening with a resonance that will echo back into the listener’s childhood, ‘Forever Young’ begins the gentle task of unfolding the heartwarming sounds felt within the original.

With soaring highs and dramatic lows, the single embodies nostalgia while Firewoodisland respectfully bring in modern soundscapes, drawing it into the 21st century. The tender tone that is struck throughout manages to soothe the listener, creating an ode to the past and earning for the future at the same time. 


Speaking of their cover of ‘Forever Young’, Firewoodisland tells us the reason behind reworking the iconic song,

We’ve always wanted to do our own take on a well-known song. ‘Forever Young’ was one of the most played road trips tunes from Stian’s childhood memories. Talking about a time of real uncertainty,

the Cold War, it mirrors the time we are going through in 2020.

Our hope was to make a beautiful and heartfelt Firewoodisland rendition, while still respecting the original melodies and lyrics. Hopefully, we’ve done it justice.”









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