Felix Cartal shares another track ‘The Life’ featuring Fjord from upcoming LP “Expensive Sounds For Nice People “
The single is the last to be shared before his upcoming album, Expensive Sounds For Nice People, slated for release on the 25th of June via Physical Presents. Also taken from the album including the recent “Only One” with Karen Harding, “Mine” with Sophie Simmons, and “Love Me,” featuring the singer Lights, which also won the Dance Recording of the Year at the Junos 2020.
Felix Cartal and Fjord have previously worked with the acclaimed producer Tim Bran (whose other associations include London Grammar, Paul McCartney and Bloc Party) and have collected nearly 20 million times on Spotify alone.
Fjord states: “When we received the demo from Felix, it was an instant crush! We knew we were about to have loads of fun working on this tune. The songwriting was refreshing and the production was already mind-blowing.”
Felix Cartal shares, “’The Life’ was one of the first instrumentals I wrote for my album, Expensive Sounds For Nice People. I’m obsessive with vocal chops and will spend days getting them to feel as emotive as a vocal. Once I started writing the lyrics in Oslo with Iselin, Erik and Kris, we reverse-engineered some of the vowel sounds because one of them sounded like the word ‘The Life.’ I loved the grandiosity of that concept, but I wanted to make it feel honest and authentic. And I think over the years with the increase in social media, we’re often guilty of viewing others’ highlight reels as the only way to be happy, but letting go of that perception will give you much greater peace of mind. Hardships are inevitable, things aren’t always fair, and we need to just learn from them and push through. That’s what the line “the highs & lows woke me up” symbolizes. Fjord’s vocals on this track really took it to this unique place that gives the song a hopeful melodrama, and I’m so happy to collaborate with them again after the beautiful performance they did on my rework of ‘Get What You Give’ from 2017.
Felix Cartal has also seen support from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Diplo & Friends and SiriusXM Chill has also heavily supported several singles, while his Weekend Workout radio show is also featured on SiriusXM Diplo’s Revolution. His sound can be compared to those of the industry greats of Avicii, Kygo and Calvin Harris.
Felix says: ‘I used to believe that life was just a breeze/But the highs and low set me free’ – is a commentary on the superficiality of social media. If people also share life’s ‘misses’ once in a while, I feel like we’d all have a better shot at living confidently,”