Now Låtsaspoeten, aka Jon Rinneby, has released his third album in a year, an accomplishment in itself. It’s even more impressive with the high quality of the albums, and how he constantly evolves his sound and seems to be able to pick up anything around him to write a song about. I really enjoyed the first two albums, maybe the second “Nattmusik för människor” the most, where he started blending the acoustic poetic songs with vibes from dreamy folkindie into a more colourful mixture.
“Två steg fram” continues in this direction, but adds even more shades, playfulness and variation. He begins with his specialty, one of these melodic figures that refuses to leave your head afterwards, in “Hösten är vår”. Yes, it was so sticky that I found myself humming the melody in the supermarket when I was reminding myself what I had to buy: “We’re out of milk”. At the same time he throws us into a feeling of fellowship which sticks with us through the album as he digs into personal reflections, everday life and human delusions. I even smile in recognition when he sings about dyscalculia, even though I’m not afflicted by this term myself. He is quite a nice chap to hang out with this Jon, and wise as well, and poetic. The ability to make the songs soar with beautiful melodies, soft vocal harmonies and echoing riffs are there all the time, but it’s also down to earth and full of rough edges which makes it all land in a tousled folksong indie. In this trilogy of strong albums, this was the most fun to listen to. But I suspect that he won’t stop there, and that the next one is already on its way.