Biography last updated Aug 17th 2014 Avian, the fifth solo outing by Swedish indie/folk artist I'm Kingfisher (Thomas Jonsson) is by every mean his most compelling and accessible material to date. With refined melodies and lyrics, he's taking the best elements of pop without turning his music anywhere remotely close to mainstream music. With an early intention of blending Harvest, Bryter Layter and M. Ward's Transfiguration of Vincent together, Jonsson's presents a wide variety of songs, from intimate ballads to up-tempo pop and even the brief excursion into tex-mex estetic and electronica. Avian is the second part of an album trilogy starting with 2010's Arctic, a conceptual album about polar expeditions. Where Arctic dwelved in icy blues atmosphere, Avian is filled with warm air, sprinkled with acoustic lush. The songs, like Force of Habit, My Beak May Break, I'm Kingfisher and Electric Forest Velodrome, are inhabiting a down-to-earth twilight zone between happiness and frustration. Thomas has to date made over 500 shows in 20 countries, among them at SXSW Festival (Austin), Eurosonic (Groningen), Munchen Film Festival (Munich) and Södra Teatern (Stockholm). Playing in front of hundreds or dozens, Jonsson have always maintained the odd angle along with an uncluttered sense of melodies, which has preserved an ever obscure approach. This album is yet another result of a decade long. prosperous collaboration with producer Carl Edlom. Among the guests who were invited to contribute to this album can be mentioned the American experimental artist Benoit Pioulard and Helena Arlock from Me and My Army along with frequent collaborators from the past such as C-J Larsgården and Elina Johansson (Dear Euphoria). Jonsson and Edlom also got a beautiful eye for collaborating with unexpected visual artists. Avian's cover art is created by Mexican bird specialist Geninne D. Zlatkis and his Kingfisher logo is made by one of Sweden's most renowned children's book illustrators, Emma Adbåge. By 2007, Jonsson's career took a big step forward when getting wide coverage by UK media on his third album The Lake Acts Like An Ocean. The Sun, BBC, Uncut and The Independent are just a few examples and The Times listed him among six other acts to have taken "Swedish pop scene further since ABBA". Three years later, with the release of Arctic, he made another career highlight by getting distríbuted by Playground, one of Sweden's biggest labels Playground, Scandiavian home of Bon Iver, Adele and The National. Arctic was nominated to the prestigious Swedish music award Manifest and led to extensive European touring with among others Damien Jurado, Ed Harcourt and Christian Kjellvander. He was also featured in the French photo book Swedish musical landscapes about the Swedish indie scene. Avian is released September 17th by Kite Recordings / Playground Music. Digital and in a limited red, transparent vinyl edition.