The last few months I’ve been working on new art and music, recording a new album with my band Blessings and some other stuff. Nothing ready to release yet, but there will be new things coming during the year. Hopefully also one or two exhibitions of my visual work.
Take care, J.
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.
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!
I edited one of my old tracks “burntitled” for this Liselott Watkins/H&M video. I worked with/through
the photographer Alexander Dahl with whom I’ve done some work in the past on this. Turned out nice!
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!
Just found this on Spotify today,
a track called “Referencia” by my old band Conduo Orchestra which I’m still pretty psyched about.
We recorded a bunch of tunes back in 200X (?) and did a gig in Barcelona and then
due to life getting in the way and other more pressing obligations, we couldn’t find the time to do any more.
download referencia here.
There’s also another track on myspace, called “Cicada”.
Have a listen, hope you like it.
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
From today my new Thee Gutted String EP “A Ring Of Bone” will be
available at bandcamp.
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.
is now available for purchase and download over at my bandcamp-page. Some of my favorite tracks from
the last couple of years are on this, and Dwaynes tracks are absolutely stunning/amazing/genious.
It’s a pretty solid release, so go check it out.
It was of some surprise then that the first act, Tsukimono, didn’t so much as warm up the venue but effectively set it alight. The peaceful serenity of the church was immediately distorted by an overpowering wave of electronic noise. As some of the crowd adjusted to this contrast by plugging their ears, others looked at their partners uncertain as to what to expect from this opening performance. The unrelenting noise continued to build before a slow light pierced through the fuzz to provide some melodic respite. Once this powerful introduction reached its conclusion, Tsukimono left his analogue dials to step to the front of the stage complete with acoustic guitar in hand. In what was a surprising breakaway from the first track, he was joined by Peter Broderick who gave the audience a teaser of what was to follow by accompanying him for two songs on piano. Essentially a more traditional singer songwriter fare, the church reverted to its more familiar grace of tranquillity before the set was brought to a close in symmetrical fashion thanks to an uncompromising and impenetrable sound fusion which left the venue vibrating from the reverberations.
Here is the review in it’s entirety.
It was a really special evening. Big personal thanks and Hello
to Stefan and Bill. Very nice meeting you guys!
Wow, this review really made my day. I’m so immensely thankful that you are listening.
Tsukimono – Heart Attack Money (2009)
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 Heavy As A Stone
7. Soymilk Turns To Blood
8. Hands Over A Key
Tsukimono is the ambient project of Swede Johan Gustavsson. With a sound lazy and countless mesmerizing melodies argues that some try to arouse our existential angst. With a piano and guitar by adding a collage of samples, noises and sounds in addition to some occasional white noise walls weaves a song as beautiful as distressing. This was presented as a talented musician who knows exactly what mix they offer all kinds of melodies and textures.
Oh Cannibal Start with a simple piano melody as qualified by the effects of falling water brings us to the perfect mental state for this record, we evades reality and plunges us into a world of tenderness and sadness. Something perfect for when you get your version of the Hungarian suicide song, Gloomy Sunday. With a calm guitar and a wall of white noise light background weaves a melody in which the voice sounds landed what looks like wood warping. The voice and lyrics, heartbreaking contrast with the melody, melancholy, making a perfect whole incitement to suicide had never been so beautiful. In I’ve Got To Go back to the simple melodies with some touches that are defining the noisy song. I Am Going On but landed in a pure noise that pinpoints with great pause and harmony in our eyes for the final saturated in a wall of white noise and all of which will go to less and go out. Get Gone On return to the evocative piano melodies and turn around of applause samplers that simulate rain falling. At least until they reach the few voice notes, and the wall of white noise, this brutal storm, takes over the song while the piano struggle to overcome it. In My Heart Has An Ache, It’s Heavy As A Stone found a nice little piece that is reminiscent of the calmer moments of Boris.Thing that is finished on the immensely sad and simple Blood Turns To Soymilk.To finish Hands Over A Key takes us into a wall of white noise very aggressive already, anymore, can escape.
This album is sublime, beautiful and very well done. Despite its brevity it shows the care and the care that has gone into each and every one of the songs. Thus form a perfect ensemble where not even need to spare a single second where each and every one of the songs feed off the rest. A mammoth song to the human suffering that would delight the Cioran Kierkegaard and more depressed. An absolutely colossal album that I personally am not able to stop listening.
Come and see, please.
(btw it’s a google-translation so that’s why the grammar is completely weird at times.)
8 1/2 X 11 Black on Black prints.
Big thanks to the amazing R. Sawyer for this.
Check out his absolutely amazing art and music.
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 Efterklang, She & 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:
PETER BRODERICK AND JOHAN G. WINTHER – RE: CREATE SERIES VOL 1 by Brendan Moore
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
Here’s a few reviews from our tour together:
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.
I need to get a scanner…
the bear quartet – monty python preview tracks
black breath – heavy breathing
baroness – the red album
the bear quartet – monty python preview tracks
r. sawyer – s/t
v. sjöberg – on a winters day
bloodhammer – the passion of the devil
the bear quartet – everything else they released