sound & art by J.G.W

impulses and obsessions

hello friends.

Fall is here and with it beautiful walks, endless rain and dreaded premonitions of a slushy, cold
and long swedish winter. Let’s not despair…

(live-setup for trio-gig, October 2012)

There’s a bunch of of stuff in the works right now, I’m slowly getting a few releases together, and hopefully they will
see the light of day within the next few months.

The Dränkstenen 10″ is still delayed but will hopefully be released sometime during the winter/spring on the Vintermusik label. Also coming out here is a 12″ reissue of my friend Peter Brodericks Ten Duets tape.
Don’t sleep on this if you want it, they’re sure to sell quickly!

A 60 min cassette made up of recordings made before and during my trip to Utrecht earlier this year will be released by the great new label Awkward Formats. The title is “I Have A Heaven Ending And Weaving Thin Threads Of Darkness From The Light That Was Given” and it’s made up of various recordings of me playing the violin, piano, pump-organ and various e-bowed string instruments. All of it processed through tape echos, delays and various homebuilt boxes, recorded and re-recorded on to cassette-tapes and then used as the basis for improvised live-mixes with live processing and tone-generator jamming. Really pleased with how this all turned out, both sound-wise and visually.

Here’s a short sample:

Some words on the release from Awkward Formats:
“In “I Have A Heaven Ending And Weaving Thin Threads Of Darkness From The Light That Was Given” slow sad drones built on pump-organ and various strings brighten and dim gradually across an hour-long cassette housed in an engraved wooden box containing a printed note and photographs by Henrik Landén. The sounds were created for and during a weekend of concerts in Utrecht in September 2012.”

Also in the works is a 12″ entitled “Troubled Morrows” which will be released via Kalligrammofon.
This is not part of the same narrative as “Née or Heart Attack Money” but something new.
Artwork is being made by the fantastic Johannes Brander!

Johannes and me also have a duo called Heathers/Hollows and our debut double cassette release
“Staring At The Invisible World” has been delayed and delayed throughout the year but it is
getting really close to an actual release now! Don’t fret, it’ll be here soon!
Sample “Rain Water Poison”, the first track from side C of the release below:

Me and my band Scraps Of Tape are currently working on album #5, and some other goodies
are in the works as well. Keep your eyes open! We’ll also be playing a gig in Copenhagen at BETA
on November 30th, and we’ll be playing a bunch of new stuff mixed in with all the good ol’ hits.

Nice words from various places about the Blessings-tape “Bittervatten”.
It’s selling out so be quick if you haven’t gotten your copy yet.

From The Elementary Revolt:
Blessings is a three piece hardcore, punk, crust band from Sweden who formed early this year.  Blessings feature members of Scraps Of Tape, Anchor, Fä, and the Swedish indie rock band Chester Copperpot.  Blessings play an absolutely punishing style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and crust within their sound.  Blittervatten is the band’s debut seven song LP, which features seven songs total lasting a little over the twenty eight minute mark.  Overall, these 7 songs make for a dark, omnious, and downright nasty listen.  I can’t begin to describe how good this album is.  Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of the cassette, if you live in Europe.  Blessings is a must listen for fans of Martyrdod, Wolf Brigade, Cursed, and Rot In Hell.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

From Toxicbreed’s Funhouse:

Blessings are a new project from Sweden with members of Anchor and Scraps Of Tape.  This is one of the most promising debut releases I have heard all year, 7 songs of crusty and dark heavy hardcore. Highly recommended.

From Fuck Yeah Metal Punk:

Sometimes there are albums that you need some time to digest, to fully understand. Sometimes there are albums that click right away and are highly addictive. Blessings’ Bittervatten belongs to the second case. Really, it’s truly amazing. The songwriting is pretty diverse, The vocals are fantastic, and the production is perfect and takes everything to a whole new level of harshness (the guitar sounds like it was processed through sandpaper, giving a nice Noise Rock vibe). As highlights, i would like to point out track 5, with a total Gaahl-era-Gorgoroth worship intro, and track 6, which is, so to speak, something else (it’s more doom-y and the vocal work is one of the best i’ve heard so far).

Don’t sleep on this!

Thanks also to Johannes and the fantastic Peeter Uuskyla who invited me to play a set
with them at Galleri Magnus Winström in Gothenburg during Kulturnatta last friday.
I had a blast!!

peace.

photo by Sara Winther

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