This week’s Featured Artist is Axel Jansson with his infectious track, “Shine.”
I’m a sucker for a bit of a country track!
“Shine” is Axel Jansson’s debut release, and it’s produced by James D Bell, who has artists like AC/DC, Aerosmith, and ELO on his roster. Those are tough acts to follow, but the Postbox crew loved Axel’s catchy track.
Our guest this week, the lovely Katie Boden from BBC London, may be an alt-pop specialist, but she loves a good folk tune. She really enjoyed “Shine,” especially the addition of the strings. She gave it a solid 7 out of 10.
George loved the guitar work, calling it “more complicated” than the average country/folk song. He gave it a 7.5 out of 10, while Stephen granted “Shine” a great score of 8.5 out of 10. He loved the hook and how radio-friendly it was, stating that it would make a great single.
“Shine” may be Axel’s debut release, but he’s been busy doing extensive touring of the UK and his native Sweden. He just finished a string of Coffee House Sessions last fall, where he wowed the crowd with his heartfelt songwriting and lush vocals.
“Time You Were Told” showcases Axel’s great voice as well as his ability to craft beautiful lyrics. It’s one of those tracks that makes you stop and listen. It’s mesmerizing, and a wonderful showcase of what he can bring to the table. We think you’re worth your weight in gold, Axel.
One of our personal favorites is “Two Of A Kind.” It’s an infectious alt-rock anthem with a lot of heart. Heads will bob and toes will tap when the chorus kicks in, and you’ll probably be singing along by the end. This song sounds like he’s been making radio-friendly music for years. We can’t believe he’s only a newcomer. Word is that this track will be featured when “Shine” officially drops in April.
And last but not least, his cover of Ellie Goulding’s sexy “Love Me Like You Do” is jaw-droppingly good. He completely transforms the song, highlighting the vulnerability of the lyrics with an emotional pull that Ellie never managed to reach. Stripping it down to just a guitar, giving it a folk-vibe, and switching up the melody a bit all works in his favor. It is SO GOOD. It sounds like a completely different track, and we’re obsessed.
We can’t wait to see what else Axel Jansson has in store. “Shine” is set to drop 1 April, along with two other tracks. In the meantime, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all his latest info. And while you’re at it, you can also listen to the full Postbox Podcast below:
And if you think you have what it takes to be our next featured artist, shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a tweet (@postboxpodcast) with your best track for your chance to be featured on the show!