The reaction was suitably emphatic. Noisey described him as “a concoction of James Blake soulfulness and Bon Iver potential”, while i-D prompted comparisons with FKA twigs, Spooky Black, Anthony Hamilton and Sam Cooke as they praised his “gorgeously profound voice.”
And it wasn’t long before things took off for the young working class Stockholm resident. Releases such as the ‘Warcry’ EP and ‘Down N Out’ – accompanied by a striking video which used body horror as a byword for emotional pain – proved that ‘Revolution’ was no fluke flash-in-the-pan. Factor in a stunning once-in-a-lifetime performance at Sweden’s Grammis in 2016 and a collaboration with the Cullberg Ballet, and it’s clear that Elias is the real thing.