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Ace of Base - 22.01.2021
With the helter-skelter wilderness of 2020 in full swing, The Flavians, after the release of their debut album ‘Ordinary People in an Ordinary World’, brushed aside the tumbleweed to lay the foundation of what would become their new, self-titled EP.
Recorded and self-produced in their jerry-built ‘Flave Cave’; a turn of the century Kreuzberg cellar beneath the former studio of ‘Tangerine Dream’, the EP channels the throes of this new world order into five warm and grainy yet upbeat songs about the pangs of youth amplified by (and the) the jolt of growing up.
Their first single ‘Ace of Base’, is an Americana-tinged nod to the carefree, yet monotonous experience of idling away the best years of your life in rural Sweden. A classic story of dreaming big in a small town, Ace of Base is a whirlwind recount, equal parts shambolic and romantic, of two star-crossed lovers meeting at the end of a three-day bender.
‘Come a little closer, I need heat’, she invokes. Our narrator, dumbfounded, finds himself in the arms of his childhood crush. Layered with honky-tonk keys, close harmonies, and a shuffling swagger, it’s a song about that stage of life that goes on forever until it comes to halt - when you’re young enough to fuck up, but old enough to know better.
Mixed by Robbie Moore of Impression Studios, Berlin (Florence & the Machine, Little Simz) and Mastered by Rupert Clervaux, London, the single will be released on the 22nd of January with the EP released in June and distributed digitally by AWAL.
About The Flavians
Forming in Berlin in 2017, the band is made up of Swedes Joakim Jägerhult (drums) and Liam Blomqvist (vocals & guitar), Czech, Anna Vaverková (vocals & keys) and Brit, Thomas Wills (vocals & bass). Drawing inspiration from the warm, nostalgic sounds of the Sixties and the frantic, hedonistic energy of Berlin, the band blends three distinct voices with psychedelic guitar textures, barroom piano and pounding drums to create surreal yet grounded, accessible, melodic and experimental songs.
Since their inception, the band has been packing out shows in their adoptive hometown of Berlin with subsequent headline and support tours of Germany with bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and Ten Tonnes.
The band also spent the Summer of 2019 with a run of dates at festivals such as Glastonbury and Reeperbahn Festival. In 2020, they independently released their debut album ‘Ordinary People in an Ordinary World’.
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Single #1 Ace of Base
Part of EP - The Flavians