- Audio CD (Jan. 30 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single
- Label: City Centre Offices
- ASIN: B000B5XSAI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
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Explains Freedom Single
Henrik Jonsson hails from Gteborg, Sweden and this is his first full-length album and his second release for City Centre Offices. Last year, Jonsson, aka Porn Sword Tobacco, set the speed for the future of ambient-inspired campfire music. Reminding us of the possible greatness of pioneers like Harold Budd and Brian Eno, Jonsson managed to adapt the endlessness of a piano tone for our digital, laptop-based generation. Taking off in his comfortable domain of introverted crackles, nature sounds, and tiny piano fragments, Explains Freedom switches moods as fast as a turntablist changes his records and offers snapshots of a slow-motion world we all miss. "Eudaimonia" is a blueprint for your early morning wake up call, "Watt Towers" should play as a loop in every crib, "Talk is Cheap, Swords are Sharp" is what you feel when you see the sun coming up behind a big mountain, "Folkhemmet" is the dance the elderly dance when they fall in love and "Futuristic Rasta Money" makes you realize that Henrik Jonsson is not the person you thought he was. Explains Freedom is peaceful and hopeful -- as if the world is a flower.
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"Eudaimonia" opens the release and like many of the tracks on the release, it is washed in a soft haze of hiss as soft synth chords wash out like ink dissolving in water. "Soft Airgun & Electric" is somewhat similar, blending swirls of analogue synth with minimal sprinkles of piano, with outside field recordings blended in to give it a more organic feel. Of some of the earlier pieces on the release, "Watts Tower" is easily one of the best, mixing a repeated synth phrase with other warm pads and filtered guitar plucks for a ghostly three minute piece.
On other tracks, Jonsson drops the musical equation almost completely from the mix and gets almost entirely atmospheric. "Dina Upptäckter Ritar Kartan" sounds like very little more than someone futzing around in a studio for almost four minutes while some very, very slight ambience wafts in the background (sorta like some of the less effective Set Fire To Flames tracks). In yet other places, he drops super-short melodic IDM pieces (the one and a half minute "Thank You!") and even dabbles with straight-up electronic pop (the nice instrumental of "Delta Är Kärleken Som Dansar," which sounds like the update of a track from an 80s John Hughes film).
As is evident from the above, this is a rather scattershod release from a young musician. At times it sounds like The Blithe Sons gone ambient electronic and at others (the silly "Futuristic Rasta Money") it sounds like everything and the kitchen sink has been thrown onto one release in order to have a full-length, regardless of continuity or overall feel. Jonsson is at his best when he's creating minimal, ambient pieces that exude world weary warmth, but unfortunately the effect is dilluted by including a whole slew of tracks that feel more like sketches than anything else. There's definitely some talent at work here, but it's kind of a chore to get through in places.
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i liked it though, was creative enough, i suppose.
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