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.
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.
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
(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.
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:
The single “Dränkstenen/Vanmakten” from my upcoming 10″ entitled “Dränkstenen” on Vintermusik
is now available as a free download. Go on and get it!
Preview the track “Rain Water Poison” from the upcoming 2-cassette Heathers/Hollows release on NativePartsRec.
Heathers/Hollows is me and Johannes Brander (Skogar/CrystalCrypt etc).
Psychedelic shoegaze noise drone bliss mania with inspiration from swedish legends Endless Smile, all things Matthew Bower and Neil Young.
More news soon.
Yesterday my 8″ lathe-cut/book/cd-r release “Of Use” on BRIAN RECORDS arrived in the mail and I am stunned with how amazing it turned out! All my deepest gratitude and love goes out
to everyone involved in this project, but especially to James Norman. The genius/curator/owner of Brian Records. It’s people like James that will keep the world filled with genuinely great music/releases/art forever and ever!! Support!!!!
The beautiful art on the cover of the book (which contains all of the different artwork for the records) were made by the great great Robert Wegner.
Again, thank you James, and thank you to all who bought a copy and made a cover!
Hear hear, the beauty that is my first tape as Verfver is officially
released today. Approximately 30 mins of Lo-fi goodness/distorted melodies/rock n’ rituals.
Comes with beautiful artwork from NativePartsRec-boss/genious Johannes Brander.
Get your copy here.
While you’re at it, check out this track from mine and Johannes group Heathers/Hollows.
Several tapes will be out this year if things just work out. 2 are done already.
I’m very pleased to announce one of my upcoming releases.
“Of Use” is a 8″ lathe cut which will be released on the
amazing Brian Records. This release will truly be something special!
From Brian Records:
Wow I can’t believe we’ve made it to our tenth release and what a cracker. Johan has written 5 broken but beautiful tracks. For me these tracks capture the joy and frustration of being in love whilst having a baby. They offer mystifying beauty and shards of sonic terror in equal measure. To messy to be pop, to dirty to be folk, to beautiful to be noise these are not an easy listen but are all the better for it. I have a small handful of records in my collection that resonate with me in this way and I am constantly searching for it, so to be able to release this is something of a pleasure and an honour. I truly hope this record will move you in the same way it moves me. The record is limited to 50 measly copies, and will come on 8” with MP3 provided when ordered.
But that’s not all. This project is about collaborating. Everyone who buys a copy will also be involved in the making process. Inspired by a book I bought about commercially released records with handmade/defaced covers (ref…) I want everyone to design their own sleeve and send it in, responding to the music as they hear it. The sleeve should be a single sheet of A3 double sided which will be folded in the house style. More info will accompany the initial issue of MP3s. I will then shuffle the sleeves and send the final record out in someone else’s sleeve.
The release will also feature a perfect bound full colour A6 book on heavy card collecting all the sleeves in miniature.
But we are not done, oh no. The final release will feature the 5 original tracks on 8” lathe cut record and a bonus CD with the original tracks plus remixes/reinterpretations by Machinefabriek and Clem Leek. I would also like to invite you to submit your own cover/remix/reinterpretation/relocating of the music and the best will also feature on the CD.
If you would like a copy of this amazing release please email me. As numbers are limited (50) please wait for me to confirm your email has been received before paypalling me. Cost is £12 in the UK, £13 in Europe and £14 for the rest of the world and MP3s will be issued on receipt. You then have 2 months to create your sleeve and send it in (originals only please, no scans). I will send out reminder emails as the deadline approaches but I won’t hassle you for your sleeve. If you choose to not send in a sleeve I will create some simple banterish sleeves which will be used instead (with words like lazy, sluggard, slacker etc onJ). You are not required to send in an MP3 but if you would like too brill. If you have never done anything like this before and would like some ideas I would be more than happy to suggest them. When the records finally arrive back from New Zealand I will pack these up and send them out. No guarantee when that will be (typically 3 months but can be more, can be less).
Final thing to note: Due to the nature of the project there will be no spare copies and so if your copy is lost in the post I will sadly not be able to replace it. If you would like it sent special delivery then you will need to pay the extra/above at time of posting. Hope that’s OK.
As you can see, it’s an amazing project and I am extremely excited about it. I hope you are too.
Is it even possible not to be?
Be sure to head on over to Brian records and check out their amazing releases from such great artists as Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm, Machinefabriek, Clem Leek, Gareth Davis and many others.
As a huge fan of D.I.Y/odd/different releases I must say this gets my geek going 100%.
Plus the fact that Jim who runs the label is probably one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met!
So, go check it out and order a copy!
I also contributed music to César Pesqueras beautiful movie Passer8 a couple of years ago.
You can watch it in it’s entirety here.
Stephan Mathieu who is one of my favorites, is also on the soundtrack, along with Césars own music.
This is a short movie entitled “stämning” by the very talented photographer Alexander Dahl, which includes music by me.
The track is “I’ve Got To Go” from Heart Attack Money.
To see more of Alexanders work, please go here.
Albert, your music is a healing force in my universe. thank you.
also, I will perform with scraps of tape at malmöfestivalen on tuesday.
j . g . w