Title - 'Antenna' (RCA)
Artist - Jay-Jay Johanson
Well, Sweden has produced some really 'interesting' musicians over the past few years and now this latest one goes by the handle Jay-Jay Johanson. A silky-voiced songwriter, Jay-Jay's latest release, Antenna sends mixed signals aplenty, but not one ends up confusing or outstandingly blurred. To be totally truthful, the CD has been on rotation throughout the entire office now for the week that it's been here and I actually think that I'm gonna take it home myself ! Damn the rules !Antenna is filled with off-beat, unexpectedly pretty songs that are quite haunting, due in large part to Johanson's weirdly ethereal voice. The deliberately 80's-esque arrangements of songs like 'On The Radio' and 'Déjà Vu' showcase massively catchy lyrics that are sing-able at exactly the right tempo. Perhaps because Johanson is not a native English speaker (I presume), the cadence of his delivery is fittingly unusual, and the overall effect is one of poignancy and fragility. 'Kate' is really lovely, the beats providing a nice edge and making the overlaying tones even more graceful, Johanson's vocals plaintive, but never whiny. It's obvious too, that Johanson's tastes range far and wide when one listens to the experimental scratch and dub of 'Open Up,' the super cool bluesy jazz trumpet and heavier acoustics of 'I Want Some Fun,' and the liquid sexiness of 'Cookie,' which has the slow, measured pace of a Portishead song, beats and vibe tones falling together easily, string samples providing a pretty backdrop. Antenna is an experience one doesn't soon forget! We'll all be hearing more from Jay-Jay Johanson in the coming months, and whatever it is, it's going to be inspiring.
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