David Åhlén is a Swedish singer-songwriter and musician which we introduced with the 2016’s album Hidden Light. Today we have the pleasure to premiere a new track titled “Breathe” which shows the delicate and fragile vocals, the ethereal ambient lines and the sublime strings textures.
It features The Boy’s Choir of Gotland and the single is taken from his forthcoming EP My Face Will Shine. The new work is out on May 15th and it was produced in collaboration between David and Swedish producer Manne von Ahn Öberg, who is known for his work with artists such as Stina Nordenstam and Nicolai Dunger.
Having previously lived in the bustle of Stockholm, David retreated to the island community of Gotland and with the space and skies of island existence he took time to start studying mystical Jewish-Christian texts, and take on board the space and peace of the work of musical mystics such as Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Particularly moved by the Biblical Psalms, lyrics such as “deep calls to deep in the roar of your waters” are directly inspired by Psalm 42, as David explains “many of the lyrics for the EP are about the mystery of our soul speaking to God and the longing that follows”.