David Ahlén is a Swedish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based on the Swedish island of Gotland. David’s forthcoming new EP is entitled My Face Will Shine, due for release on 15th May 2020. The EP features the singles Breathe, released on 1st May 2020 and If I Have You released 17th April 2020. The EP was produced in collaboration between David and Swedish producer Manne von Ahn Oberg, who is known for his work with artists such as Stina Nordenstam and Nicolai Dunger. David’s previous releases include the acclaimed album Hidden Light from 2016.
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 Judeo-Christian texts, and to take on board the space and peace of the work of musical mystics such as Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
As was the case with the singles If I Have You and Breathe, the EP as a whole has been inspired by Biblical scripture and David’s deep personal faith. These plaintive themes of devotion are expressed through David’s yearning falsetto and the lush, choral chamber arrangements that call to mind artists such as Anthony and The Johnsons and Sigur Rós as well as the cinematic expansiveness and instrumental inventiveness of composers such as Jóhan Jóhansson. Liturgically inspired music that is eternally relevant, exploring the majesty and wonder of creation.
David’s previous releases have found international acclaim, with glowing reviews and radio play all over the world, his previous duo 1921 toured extensively and supported luminaries such as Peter Broderick, SOHN and Loney Dear.