Bristol-based Welsh/ Norwegian duo, Firewoodisland released their new double single ‘Ataraxic’ on 28 February. Premiered via Wonderland Magazine, the single surface ahead of the release of their much anticipated self-titled second album that will see the light on 20 March 2020, via Firewoodisland Records. The duo released a handful of critically acclaimed singles in 2019 which have gained support from the likes of Atwood Magazine, PopMatters, Clash Magazine and BBC 6 music’s Tom Robinson. One of the singles ‘Storm’ has rocketed on Spotify with over 1 million streams since March 2019. Over the years, Firewoodisland have seen further support from the likes of Earmilk, Q Magazine, and The 405, as well as radio support from BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe & Maconie, BBC Radio’s Introducing In The West, BBC Radio Devon, Introducing Music From Stoke, Amazing Radio and Norway’s NRK P3. Their music has graced Spotify’s Most Beautiful Songs in the World, Fresh Folk, Lush and Atmospheric and Lost in the Woods playlists, while ‘One With The Mountain’ was added to Norway’s New Music Fridays playlist, seeing their total plays surge to over 6 million. The duo has caught the attention of popular Youtube channels such as alexrainbirdMusic, BalconyTV, Indie Folk Central, IndieVibes, La Belle Musique and Wave of Good Noise, and they’ve also seen love from the world of TV, with music, featured on shows such as Netflix’s Shadowhunters and Global TV’s NURSES to name a few.
“‘Ataraxic’ is a vulnerable ode to a friend who suffers with PTSD,” says Stian and Abi, “It is meant to encourage and inspire them to keep fighting and pushing forward, and remind them that people are around them who love them and will hold them up when they are struggling to stand. Life is worth fighting for”.