sound & art by J.G.W

Album Release

Thee Gutted String – A Ring Of Bone EP

From today my new Thee Gutted String EP “A Ring Of Bone” will be
available at bandcamp.

Thee Gutted String “A Ring Of Bone” EP

1. A Ring Of Bone
2. Grace Your Doorstep
3. Ending With Friend

3 songs recorded during 2010-2011 in Hagarna and Gothenburg.
Thanks to Douglas Holmqvist (piano), Stig and Jörgen Nord (bass & drums).

I hope you are all well. jgw.



I’ve been neglecting to post anything (almost) about mine and Peter Broderick’s split 7″ and I don’t know why,
but here we go, better late than never:


re:create series vol.1

Or: ‘Peter Broderick and Johan G Winther on Johan G Winther and Peter Broderick’.

For Vol.1 in the Re:Create Series we are very happy to introduce an exciting collaboration project to you called Peter Broderick & Johan G Winther on Johan G Winther & Peter Broderick. We can hear the two musicians tenderly performing their songs with violin, guitar and glockenspiel a.o., but most prominent may be their use of a small choir of voices. In their collaboration they never actually play together. Instead their playful project is about creating several kinds of artistic checkpoints arranged as a chain of mirror-like events making them switch roles and perspective with each other back and forth until they suddenly end up right back where they started, figuratively speaking…

Now here’s a description of their project, in their own words:

Peter writes a song about Johan
Johan writes a song about Peter
Two men sing about each other

Peter covers Johan’s song
Johan covers Peter’s song
Two men sing about themselves

Peter takes a photo of his face
Johan takes a photo of his face
Two men make portraits of themselves

Peter draws Johan’s photo
Johan draws Peter’s photo
Two men make portraits of each other

Peter Broderick is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Portland, Oregon (US) that has released numerous of solo recordings over the past years. He has also worked as a tour and studio musician for various acts like EfterklangShe & Him and M. Ward to name a few.

Johan G Winther resides in Gothenburg, Sweden and seems to always be part of at least ten different projects or bands at the same time, Tenderversion artist Scraps Of Tape being one, and it is a mystery how he can find the time for it. Using the name Tsukimono he has done countless releases but this will be his first one using his own.

I also found this nice review:



This is the first in a series of releases from Tendervision Records where two artists are paired off, each writes a song and the other covers it. As such, on this particular 7” we have four songs…

The aesthetic of the physical releases mirrors the concept of the music therein. The label has made great efforts to make the release a complete experience. Fitting with the concept of recreation, the album covers are made using old 7” covers with text being imprinted right over the top of it, thus each is unique and each is something old made new (think Cotton Goods approach applied to vinyl).

The pairing of Peter Broderick and Johan G. Winther makeup this first release. Peter Broderick pens “Pappa i Sverige” and Johan G. Winther covers it, Winthers writes “Chasing Kingdoms” and Broderick covers it. What’s interesting is how much Broderick and Winther do with the concept of recreation; it’s both simple and ambitious for an introduction to this new series.

All four songs collected here are very strong and both men jump around as far as genre, blending modern classical, folk, and electronic minimalism.

Winther’s guitar work shines on his two contributions, as his playing is both spare and pointed. Delicate electronic flourishes and a whole slew of other instruments serve to accent both his pieces. His cover of “Poppa i Sverige” blends a rich tapestry of instruments and an almost choral approach to the layers of vocals he creates.

As for Broderick, there have been two different sides to his music thus far; there is the singer-songwriter folk works that make up his Bella Union releases and the classical instrumental works such as he has released for Type. Here he takes the classical instrumental aspects of his work but sings over top of it. As such, it feels like a unique entry in his body of work. On his cover of Winther’s “Chasing Kingdoms” we get to hear the two approaches combined as Broderick sings over delicate strings and the song provides one of the highlights of his career thus far.

This is one of those releases that leave you hungry for more. However, as far as four song collections go both Broderick and Winther have combined to create songs rich in depth so that you can listen to them over and over. This is a wonderful collection that serves as an introduction to what has the making of a very promising series.

– Review by Brendan Moore for Fluid Radio

Available through Tendervision


Order your copy from tenderversion before the run out (they’re pretty limited!)
or you can go here to get a digital version of the release.


Here’s a few reviews from our tour together:

Amazingly Blog
Beard Rock
Mein Zuhause, Mein Blog (In German)

New Release: Field Hollers 2000-2010 Free Mp3 Compilation + more coming

Today is a good day. A “best of…” sort of release of my first 10 years as tsukimono is released via the wonderful It’s A Trap.
The compilation is a free download, so head on over there and get it!
The idea for it all wasn’t mine, but came from my closest friend David C Sjöberg, who always has been a great supporter of mine when it comes to music. Always there to give me good and insightful thoughts and pointers regarding music, art and life in general…a true friend.

I had this idea; my idea was this collection.
This collection presents the music of
Johan Gustavsson made under the Tsukimono moniker. It’s meant to work as a “beginner’s guide” as well as a testament to Tsukimono‘s first 10 years as an artist. I hope you enjoy this free-music as much as I have through the years, and I hope it can inspire you, as a listener, to delve deeper into the vast Tsukimono catalogue. There’s a plethora of greatness to choose from and making selections for this compilation wasn’t an easy task.

Wise men say only fools rush in. Some other wise man (still could’ve been Elvis though) has also said something to the effect of: Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it’s a very stupid thing to do. And regarding this album, letting the music speak for itself is surely the wisest thing to do.

Finally, just these words about Johan:
I’ve been close to a lot of people in my life, I’ve admired and loved quite a few, but
Johan Gustavsson is the only man I’ve ever truly respected.

// David C Sjöberg – Cultural Theoretician and Conceptual Artist, 2010.

It’s a Trap! is proud to present our latest netrelease: Tsukimono – “Field hollers 2000 – 2010”[IAT.MP3.015]
Curated, compiled and notated by David C Sjöberg, as quoted above, and featuring cover art by the artist himself, Mr. Johan Gustavsson.

I’ve known Johan for a number of years now and am ecstatic to continue my association with him, both as a friend and as a label. As with many artists in the experimental music scene, Tsukimono‘s discography is vast, varied and quite intimidating to the unindoctrinated outsider — this collection serves as a much-welcome introduction to the man and his music. Organized thematically and not by release date, as you will read in David’s superb and extensive liner notes“Field hollers” aims to reduce the difficulty in approaching sometimes difficult music and succeeds beautifully. As much as I’d like to take credit for it, all must go to David and Johan for putting this collection together; I merely serve as the host. Much love to both of them and may we all enjoy the fruits of their labors.

/Avi Roig, It’s A Trap

I will also release a new split 7″ with Peter Broderick in October via the fantastic A Tenderversion Recording and I will also join Peter on a tour in October. I will join Peter onstage and I will also play solo at selected locations.


10/10 – Roepaen, Ottersum (NL)
10/12 – Steinbruch, Duisburg (GER) *
10/13 – Sint Elisabeth Church, Gent (BEL) *
10/14 – Muziekpodium, Bakkeveen (NL)
10/15 – Ko d’oooor, Middelburg (NL)
10/16 – St Giles, London (UK) *
10/18 – St Mary Church, Brighton (UK) *
10/19 – Academy, Manchester (UK) *
10/20 – Pavillion, Cork (EIR) *
10/21 – Harmonic Series @ Workman’s Club, Dublin (EIR) *
10/22 – Cube, Bristol (UK) *
10/23 – South Street Arts Centre, Reading (UK) *
10/24 – Supersonic Festival, Brimingham (UK)
10/25 – tba, Arras (FRA)
10/26 – tba, Paris (FRA)
10/28 – Treibhaus, Luzern (CH)
10/30 – Schauburg, Dresden (GER)
10/31 – Haus 73 (Saal), Hamburg (GER)
(* includes tsukimono solo-shows)

More soon, take care friends.

True Love Cast Out All Evil

I can’t wait for this to be released!
The first song released from it just breaks my heart into pieces I didn’t know
it was made up from. Listen/download here.


Heart Attack Money

My album “Heart Attack Money” is finally out, actually since about a month ago, but things have been real busy and it’s not until now that I’ve found the time to do this promotion-thing. 

It’s out on Kalligrammofon, and I’m really proud to be able to do a second release there, “HaM” being released next to such recent awesome albums as Orchestra Senz Testa’s “Fabula” and Martin Herterich’s “Silent Fields”.


Tsukimono «Heart Attack Money»

Tsukimono is the moniker of Johan Gustavsson, a musician whose works includes collaborations with and memberships of various bands and ensembles like Alina, Conduo Orchestra and Scraps of Tape. His new album is entitled Heart Attack Money (it’s his second for Kalligrammofon) and it carries a feeling of intimacy that is truly rare. Heart Attack Money may be more stripped down than any other Tsukimono work but the soundscapes grabs you by the heart. It’s delicate songwriting, dressed in feelings of blue. The album also proves the diversity of Tsukimono by bringing us heartbreaking piano pieces, high pitched electronic composition as well as beautiful vocals on nice pop songs.

Heart Attack Money is Johans strongest work to date and this is what he tells us about it:

Heart Attack Money was written behind the wheel of a car going approximately 80 miles per hour for 2 years in a row. It’s a record about only feeling really free when running, moving, GETTING there. Songs about feeling that you’re never at the place that you want to or should be at. It’s about not wanting to grow up I guess, about some naive high school Kerouac-dream in the middle of Svensson-Sweden.

It’s a collection of honest music.”

1. Oh Cannibal
2. Gloomy Sunday
3. I’ve Got To Go
4. I Am Going
5. Get Gone
6. My Heart Has An Ache, It’s As Heavy As Stone
7. Blood Turns To Soymilk
8. Hands Over A Key

You can order it from Kalligrammofon

Time Canvas 2×12″ Vinyl


Long anticipated vinyl version of Tsukimonos grandiose Time Canvas, originally released as a limited CDR on Kning Disk spring 2007. A true gem when it comes to drone-based music, this recording still stands out as Tsukimonos finest moment. Each track is based on a sample on one specific instrument. Slow and quiet and big and brutal at the same time. Incredible beauty indeed. The deluxe 2xLP version also comes with a side-long bonus track recorded in 2008. Letterpressed silver ink on black cardboard sleeves. Liner notes by Matthias Andersson (RTB Records), PM Jönsson (Sound Of Music/Sonic), Gustav Rosengren (Kalligrammofon) and musician Viktor Sjöberg. Also comes with a coupon for a digial download of the album, which also includes The Lesson, a second bonus track. Limited to 525 copies. 

Tracks: 1. Blown Away, 2. Train Home, Home, 3. Cello, 4. Growing Like A Cancer Within, 5. When I Vibrate It Hard, 6. Tiresome Tireless. 

“Time Canvas was a big step in my development as a (solo-)musician. Up until this recording, my music as Tsukimono had been steeped in vst-effects & plugins, and I was quickly tiring of it. I decided to strip my computer of almost everything except a simple sampling/sequencing program and started working on a few new pieces where I zoomed in on a single instrument/soundsource to see what I could get out of it using only raw, untreated samples (save some pitchshifting). 

During this time I was spending up to 2 hours or more each day commuting between home & school and the breathers I got while on the trains proved a perfect time to work on this new music. To shut out all the everyday noise and stress and to focus solely on these samples/pieces made me feel calm and soothed. 


Thanks to the people who’s ‘playing’ on the album: Emelie Molin, Kristofer Ström and Erik Levander. Thanks for lending your breath and time.” – Johan Gustavsson/Tsukimono

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