Sorry for the lack of updates here lately. I’ve been busy with other things, mainly playing a lot with various bands but also working towards an exhibition of my visual art later this year.
New album with my band Scraps Of Tape, “Sjätte Vansinnet”
Some new visual pieces from the last months:
In February my new LP entitled “Troubled Morrows” sees the light of day on kalligrammofon, but you can already listen to
the track “Patient, Friend” over at soundcloud.
The album was recorded in 2009-2010 and is much lighter in tone than my
latest releases, and revolves around/handles themes of dread, angst and anticipation of amongst other things fatherhood.
Vocals, fingerpicked guitar and acoustic drones…it’s by far the most accessible album I’ve made I think. I hope you like it.
Here’s a few new works from the last couple of months. Most of these are already sold.
Please contact me first if you want to use these pictures somewhere. That goes for all the pictures on this blog. Thank you.
It’s called “Eating Or Vomiting Its Tail” and is out November 8th on the excellent Beläten label!
You can now buy (name your price) digital versions of “The Rupturing Sowle” , “I Have A Heaven Ending And Weaving Thin Threads Of Darkness From The Light That Was Given” and “Time Canvas” on my bandcamp.
Lately I’ve been working on a new series of drawings/paintings, working with white/gold/silver/bronze on black paper.
Here’s a few of the pieces I’ve been working on. Most of these measure 32×45 cm. Thanks for looking.
Head on over to the fantastic blog Invisible Guy to read a loooong interview with me and check out the accompaying
“mix tape” of various tracks from all over my discography, both solo and with various projects.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
You can now order a professional digital print of my drawing
“Elementals Manifests” over at my Big Cartel-page.
It measures 25×35 cm and is printed on 280 g paper.
All copies are hand-numbered and signed by me.
Go here to order.
I hope you are well.
Some words on the release from Zeon Light:
Redan när Zeon Light tog sin form fanns Johan G Winther på vår önskelista. Länge hade hans Tsukimono varit en favorit för oss. Vi tog kontakt. Tycke uppstod. Tsukimono är dock numera vilande. Men Johan G Winther lever.
“As Above, So Below” är ett första smakprov från Johan G Winthers kommande kassett The Rupturing Sowle (zeon light 036) på vilken Johan fortsätter utveckla och förändra sitt uttryck.
The Rupturing Sowle bjuder på ett brett spektra av ljud och i grunden finns en typ av mörkare folk som vi inte riktigt hört Johan skapa tidigare. En cello är lika viktig som en drone. En banjo känns lika befriande som en noiseton.
En ny del av Johans ljudvärld är en rytm och en närvaro av pådrivande percussion som ger en ny dimension och framåtrörelse åt musiken på några av spåren.
Konceptet och majoriteten av musiken på The Rupturing Sowle växte fram och spelades in en stuga mitt i skogen någonstans i Sverige under 2012, och senare gav den fantastiska Emelie Molin (Mire Kay, Audrey) musiken extra djup och skönhet med sitt fantastiska cello-spel.
Om man är bekant med Johan G Winthers diskografi med alla hans olika projekt och grupper sen innan, kommer man känna igen delar av lite allt möjligt på The Rupturing Sowle, som också är det första av flera släpp som är planerade under 2013.
Albumet har sin release 130427 och kommer att släppas som kassett (inkl digitalt) och dessutom i en strikt numrerad upplaga med kassett, tröja, poster, badge.
All sounds & arrangements by Johan G Winther
Cello by Emelie Molin
Mastered by David Zackrisson
All artwork by JGW
Layout by Nullvoid
Go here to buy a digital print of one or both of my drawings “Death is not the end” and “The Cleansing”.
If you do not have paypal, just email me at timecanvas (at) gmail (dot com
and we’ll sort it out.
Happy New Year everyone.
Here’s a little track to celebrate the past and the coming year.
Live on, be jolly…a place in hell is hard to earn these days.
Happy new year everyone.
The fantastic Matt Leivers is the mastermind behind the excellent new label Awkward Formats
and together we have the honor to present to you my latest release:
In “I Have A Heaven Ending And Weaving Thin Threads Of Darkness From The Light That Was Given” slow sad drones 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, made up of various recordings of Johan 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.
Available to order now for shipping after Christmas. Price £14. Lossless digital download included.
Limited to 52 copies. Order your copy here.
The whole project has been a nice collaboration, with me coming up with
the basic concept with the boxes etc, and then me and Matt working together to come up with the best ideas and details together. I am really inspired by Matts work and dedication to this project.
Attentive to every detail, sparing no expenses, creative and resourceful all over.
Thank you Matt!
Matt is also the person behind the great
Avi Roig is a fantastic person.
For 10 years he has kept the amazing itsatrap.com alive and reported on all things music-related in scandinavia.
Often, he has been better informed on things I myself have been part of than me, and whenever there has been some news or new band or whatever of relevance to find out about, itsatrap has been where you read it first.
I have also had the privilege to release some music through IAT, and I am very proud to have
done so. Go check it out if you’re interested, who knows how long they will be available still.
So if you’ve ever enjoyed IAT, read it continuously or whatever, please let Avi know
that his hard work has been appreciated, because hard, dedicated work it has truly been.
Thank you Avi!
Not only do I count him as a good friend
(my slaap zacht setup in Utrecht last saturday, opposite Rutger’s)
Back home after a truly amazing weekend in Utrecht, Holland. Two nights (the actual slaap zacht event was three) of great shows
and great great people. Highlights (hard to pick favorites from so many great things) including sets by Machinefabriek, Eli Kezler and The Puddle Parade, meeting Rutger Zuydervelt(Machinefabriek), Simon Scott and Gibson Houwer for the first time.
But the absolute best thing was just being back in Utrecht again, at Hostel Strowis. About 7 or 8 years ago I played one of my first solo-liveshows
at Theater Kikker together with Wim Maesschalck(Wixel), Axel Willner (Courdouan, The Field) and Benny Braaten(Origami Galaktika) and we stayed at Strowis back then. A great place with a totally beautiful garden in the back where you easily can spend many many hours just drinking coffee, beer and sit and hang out with good company. Which was just what we did! A huge thank you to Henrik (who traveled with me and took some great pics (which will be linked to asap) and dj’d during the friday), Bastiaan, Ellen, Gibson, Wim, Wouter, Rutger, Simon, Pim and everyone else I forget at the moment. Hope to be back soon!
(A small extra thank you to Marcel at Run2Day for a great talk, great help and nice overall meeting)
Recordings were made, both before and during it all and hopefully something nice will come of it.
If you’re in Gothenburg tomorrow and feel like going to a punk/hardcore-show my band Blessings will play
at Aktivitetshuset Majorna alongside Redemption Denied from Belgium and Fredag den 13:e from Gbg.
Check it out here.
Unfortunately the “Dränkstenen” 10″ will be delayed due to some financial problems.
Hopefully this will be sorted out asap and
I will be able to present this album to you some time soon.
If you wish to help out in any way, then please support Vintermusik and buy one or two releases, as this
will help finance further releases. It’s a tough business out there and anyone who has
the heart and balls to still operate an independent label and release serious, beautiful pieces
of art/albums has my total and devoted respect.
Please support small independent labels and artists
because we truly need them as an alternative to all the bigger labels and
the heartless, money-grabbing, trite bullshit
that gets pushed down our throats on a day-to-day basis.
I am incredibly proud about releasing this album and being a small part of the
the fantastic idea/vision of Wim Maesschalck’s that is Slaapwel.
The hard work and creativity of both Wim and of Tom ten Voorde who made the artwork and layout
has been totally inspiring and astounding to see. Thank you guys so much!
More info here.
From Slaapwel’s website:
For Ingar Gustavsson by Johan G. Winther
I’ve been friends with Johan Gustavsson for a long while now – first through his music as Tsukimono (glitchy noisy drone dreamy electronics stuff that somehow stayed undiscovered by too many people) on labels such as Mechanized Mind and Komplott. Later on I organized some gigs for his instrumental rock band called Scraps of Tape. Some time ago Johan found a battered cd-r with old recordings he made for his grandmother, playing them to a couple of friends (who some of you might know: Nils Frahm & Peter Broderick) – who encouraged him to do something with those beautiful recordings. After some months of thinking and tinkering he finally sent me “For Ingar Gustavsson”. A lengthy album, humble, restrained and precise and with a lot of respect. Imagine Arvo Pärt as a bedroom musician, laptop processing his Für Alina pieces with the same understanding and confidence that he originally composed them. Stretching them out into wise, vast wintry landscapes. Embracing life/eternity like only the elderly can. You never fell asleep so calmly.
CD comes in our traditional Stumptown Arigato Pak + stitched picture, with one-of-a-kind xeroxed/screenprinted artwork by Tom ten Voorde and custom made cd slip case. Click below for pictures.
Also released at the same time is “Sleep Paths” by Seaworthy. Do not miss out on this release!
Here is a nice collage of the releases by Wim:
I am heading to Utrecht in Holland to perform at the Slaap Zacht (Sleep Tight) nights during the Gaudeamus Musicweek, takiing place on the 6th, 7th and 8th September.
The whole thing is a great few evenings/events and I am truly honored to be a part of it.
Read more here:
Gaudeamus Muziekweek www.muziekweek.nl/
Slaapwel Records www.slaapwelrecords.com/
Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/346810018726644/
Hostel Strowis htwww.strowis.nl/
thanks for reading/listening.
Right now my days are mostly spent with my family, but also finishing up the Heathers/Hollows release, tentatively entitled “Staring Into The Unknown World”, drawing a lot and working on the artwork for both “Dränkstenen” (with the fantastic Thomas Ekelund/Nullvoid) and a re-release of an old Scraps Of Tape demo.
We’ll see where it all ends up.
take care friends!