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The Earliest Morning


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!!


photo by Sara Winther


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.

…a healing force…

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

Flera Meter Kort video

Today we’re streaming the new video for out first single “Flera Meter Kort” off of our new album “resident flux” over at dagens skiva. Go here to view it:

Soon I’ll be back from my vacation. As usual I’ve recorded some music and this time my beloved Sara has helped me out with vocals and general input on everything. I’m superhappy with the results. Take care. /jaw

Kanshin, 8″ Lathe Cut, Scraps…

I totally forgot to post about this when it was released but here goes:

Me and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) make music as THE SILENCE SET and we
contributed our track “So Will Everything We Love” to this fantastic compilation
which was put together to raise money for the current recovery work being done in Japan
following the earthquake of March this year.

Please have a look and help out.

More info:

Me and Dag are currently finishing up a fullength which I’m super proud of.
We’re working slowly and patiently and it will hopefully be finished and released within this or the next year.
If you for some unfathomable reason aren’t familiar with Dags amazing music yet, you NEED to check him out.

Other news is:
We’re mastering the new Scraps Of Tape album which will be released this fall
through Tenderversion.
We’ve done some awesome collaborations on this album and
I’m way excited to see what the future will bring.
Live shows, touring and whatnot starts in August!

The simply amazing Brian Records will be releasing a 8″ lathe cut by me
and this is going to be such a sweet thing!

From Brian Records:

Brian records is proud to announce our first fully interactive release. Johan G Winther is releasing a beautiful EP with 4 original tracks, backed by remixes/reinterpretations by Machinefabriek and Clem Leek.
Limited to just 50 copies we are asking you to design the artwork.

Inspired by a book called homemade record sleeves
the intention is that you buy the release and are sent the MP3s.
Whilst the lathe cut records are being cut you listen to the music and design your own sleeve (folded A3 in the Brian Records house stylee) you then send in your sleeve and when the records come back you will be sent the finished release in someone else’s sleeve.
Plus a book with all 50 sleeves. Plus a CD with all the tracks plus the best of your own revisions of the originals. I am pretty hyped about this one.

If you are to you can bagsy a space on the list (no strings attached) by emailing “I’m in” to jimlad at brianrecords dot co dot uk.

I am so proud of and excited about this release that I can hardly contain myself!
More info as this unfolds.

Hmmm, there’s some more stuff brewing, a piece of music I recorded in like…2003-2004 something will finally see the light of day on one of the coolest labels around.
But this isn’t official yet so hush hush.

A lot of collabs being completed right now too, stuff that has somewhere to go and stuff waiting to find a home. My days do not have near enough hours in them for me to find the time to do what I want. Fuck it, sleep when you’re dead right?


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.