Låtsaspoeten – “På riktigt”

April 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm


Last Saturday Låtsaspoeten, alias Jon Rinneby, released the debut album “På riktigt”. If you have followed the blog you have met him in several disguises before, first of all as a singer and songwriter in Turn Off Your Television, and in the Autumn I made an interview with him about this new project. As Låtsaspoeten he has started writing lyrics in Swedish for the first time, and also tried to find his way back to a simpler and more direct way of creating music. He decided early on to work according to a principle where he gave himself one day to write and record a song and another day to mix and finalize the production.

The thirteen songs on the album form quite a varied journey that balances between simple fun and seriousness, and between the close, personal and his critical eyes on society. The Swedish folk song tradition and the progressive movement from the seventies form a base in many tracks, but he doesn’t stop there and often moves the songs on to indie pop and Americana of today, and I’m sure that Turn Off Your Television-fans will feel at home once in a while. Not least because of all the sticky melodies Jon has a notorious habit of creating. Listen to three of the tracks here below:

Låtsaspoeten on Facebook – on Spotify

Jon Rinneby – “I Wish You a Good Christmas to You”

December 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Jon Rinneby "I Wish a Good Christmas to You" för Musikhjälpen 2014

December 1st. The kids have opened their advent calendars and for once they can eat a piece of chocolate every morning, the Christmas stars are twinkling in the darkness and the cat is cursing the Christmas candles as they have stolen his favorite place on the windowsill. Such a day must of course be crowned with the best of Christmas songs, namely “I Wish a Good Christmas to You” by Jon Rinneby & co.

As Jon told us in an interview here on Meadowmusic, he is releasing the song “I Wish a Good Christmas to You” today, which is all done for the benefit of Musikhjälpen 2014 (“The Music Help 2014”, Swedish charity project run by public radio). All revenue from the song is donated to Musikhjälpen either you click on “Buy” in the player below (which also gives you the song to download), or if you want to donate through SMS directly at the collection box.

Musikhjälpen 2014 is about stopping the spread of HIV in the world, helping those that are most in need and sharing knowledge about HIV and aids. You can read more here (in Swedish). The collection has already started here and there, but the radio show is going on between the 8th and the 11th of December, broadcasted from Uppsala this year.

Here you are, a new Christmas classic in the making:

The Artist’s Story: Jon Rinneby and Sparklehorse

November 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Today we start a new series of posts here on Meadow Music where artists tell stories about other artists that are special to them in some way; influencing them, as sources of inspiration or for some other reason.
First up is Jon Rinneby from Turn Off Your Television, a band that has released both the new album “Humble Waves” and the EP “Wasted Time” this Autumn. Jon also works with music production and runs the studio Sound of Wool.

Jon Rinneby and Sparklehorse

Already after the first song phrase it felt like I had understood it all, and something inside of me broke. How could music sound so torn but at the same time so beautiful? A bizarre world of ideas is painted before me and confirms how elusive reality can be. It was the first time I listened to Sparklehorse and an existential void slowly started to fill up.

Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous

Behind the name Sparklehorse (which really isn’t a regular band, but rather an ongoing musical experiment) you’ll find the creator Mark Linkous. A many-faceted and complicated character, shaped by William Blake’s poetry and Daniel Johnston’s credibility, as well as by early power pop and old country. ”It’s a wonderful life” is Sparklehorse’ third album and the album that turned my own musical journey upside down.

Of course it’s impossible to describe music with words, especially Mark Linkous’ diverse and sometimes inaccessible work. This is music that requires attention and presence. You never know what’s behind the next corner, while it all in a strange way always feels familiar and homely. When I listen to Sparklehorse I always find myself having a perspective from below, often an animal’s perspective, where there’s room for small and uncontrolled emotions. At the same time the willful lyrics leave a lot of space for a free interpretation in a way that it feels untouched each time I listen. But above all, what makes Sparklehorse interesting to listen to and come back to is that the small things and what’s forgotten gets so much attention. Things that at a first glance seems trivial, are allowed to grow and turn into something new and exciting every time.

Jon Rinneby

Jon Rinneby

Mark Linkous has meant a lot to me, both as a songwriter and as a producer, and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that it doesn’t need to be perfect to sound good. That is something that I constantly remind myself about when I get stuck in the creative swamps. If a good song is performed on a mouth harp or on a ukulele and it’s still good, then you know you have succeeded.

Favorite album: It’s a wonderful life (2001)

Favorite song: Any song really, but a good start could for example be ”Gold Day” or ”Shade and Honey”

Shade and Honey (Sparklehorse cover by Jon Rinneby)

A Swedish artist to give some extra attention

A rather new and interesting accquaintance is Jeanette Sollén, who writes some kind of quirky and unpredictable pop music. We have recently started a one year long collaboration where she writes songs which I then produce; one song each month is the plan. First up was the song Yves:

Jeanette Sollén – Yves

One of my own songs you should listen to

I seldom get 100% satisfied with my own productions, but if I would pick one of them, the new song ”Soap” feels rather good. I think I have managed to capture a feeling and a sound which feels both old and new at the same time, without being intrusive. ”20 million people” is also a song that other people often come back to and that never feels boring.

Soap (from the EP “Wasted Time”, Turn Off Your Television)

she laid her head
on my chest
as the sun burned
down the west
there’s one thing we still got
this one last dance in this parking lot

Sparklehorse, “Heart of darkness”

/Jon Rinneby

Turn Off Your Television

September 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Turn Off Your Television

I discovered Jon Rinneby and his special ability of creating melodies that stick, a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put your finger on it but all my alarm signals shouted out that this was a songwriter who had that extra creativity to craft songs that you can’t get rid of. That he’s not more well-known is just because of that he hasn’t put his marketing puzzle together yet.

It seems, though, that this is on it’s way with his band Turn Off Your Television, a trio that recently released their self-titled debut album, And I wasn’t disappointed; it’s a brilliant album that can stand many listens. I’ve tested it.

They play pop with americana influences in a soft and nice ambience. I recognize “20 Million People” from before but the other songs are new to me, and they show a good variation and excellent songwriting. To me the best song is the totally disarming “The Days We Have Today”, which you can listen to here below.

You can listen to the album and download it for free on the band’s site and it’s also available on Spotify. You can also follow Turn Off Your Television on Facebook.

Never Rusting Symphony
The Days We Have Today

Sweet Water Pirates

September 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

To me, one of the best pop albums last year, was Jon Rinneby’s “I’m In a Sideshow”. A collection of irrestistable pop songs with a nice indie touch to them. With these songs in his luggage Jon traveled on and created the band Sweet Water Pirates, continuing his pop odyssée.

Even if they haven’t released a full album yet, there is a collection of tracks to listen to on Sweet Water Pirate’s site and on their Myspace page. And if I compare with the earlier recordings, it feels a little bit different here.

The unmistakingly good feeling for nice pop melodies is there, but it sounds less indie and more retro. I find influences from folk, country, Beatles and more. Quite some variation, and it’ll be very interesting to see what they will come up with next.

I Have No Place to Go
Little Box of Stars

If you missed the album “I’m In a Sideshow” from last year, you can listen and download the songs on Sweet Water Pirate’s site.

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