Genre: Alternative Rock, Chamber Pop
Label: Rexius Records
Thinking with the Heart
A romantic theatricality permeates Swedish artist Day Felice’s chamber/art pop. Rather than just a singer/songwriter, he’s an integral creator: His multi-layered lyrics can remind you of Rufus Wainwright; but his love for colorful, cinematic emotional contrasts reveals a wide range of influences stretching from dark cabaret to 2000s piano rock (Coldplay, Muse).
Felice is one of those personalities where art precedes the medium. Born in Borås to a writer father, his exposure to the public eye has been established through acting. After kick-starting his career in Sweden through an appearance in “Blå Ögon” (2014), he got a role as Sigurd on HBO’s “Vikings” (2016).
While being a less-known aspect of his artistic persona, music has been at the center of Day Felice’s creative activity since childhood. “I was going to be a pianist before I became an actor”, he explains. The years of piano training are still very present in his songs, characterized by a great emphasis on theatrical arrangements and jazzy (at times almost classical) harmony.
However well-polished his instrumental approach might be, his “ragged” vocal style and the lyrical combination of youthful energy with adult cynicism set him apart from similar pop artists. “I really could care less about trends or whatever is cool”, Felice states. “I’d rather try creating what I find beautiful. Beauty over everything else.”
Regardless of the elaborate artistic concept behind Day Felice’s music, he doesn’t write “blossomy” lyrics. This doesn’t exclude some everyday poetry on his remarkably quotable verses: “I must write in this silence / Before silence has written everything in me.”
After playing with various musical ensembles, Day Felice got signed to Rexius Records in the beginning of 2018 and released his debut single “Autumn” last summer. The track earned him a feature on prominent Swedish blog Popmuzik and a warm reception among European audiences.
Felice is now preparing for the release of “Silence” in September the 6th, followed by his debut album “Go On” later this fall.