Låtsaspoeten – “Två steg fram”

May 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm


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.

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Låtsaspoeten – “Nattmusik för människor”

November 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm


Earlier in the Autumn Jon Rinneby, as promised, released a new album under the name Låtsaspoeten, “Nattmusik för människor”. Just like on Låtsaspoeten’s debut from the beginning of this year it’s about folk pop in Swedish, often with the acoustic guitar as a base. Even if the albums share many characteristics it feels overall like he’s expanding the musical horizon’s of Låtsaspoeten’s musical landscape. The clever, sing-along-inviting songs are there, but the intimate, tender moments are given more space and the influence from Americana and dreamy folk indie is more obvious than before. As usual his choruses get stuck in my head in some curious way, and when I’m having lunch I hear “Barnasinnets glöd” and “Hoppet kan va hopplöst” on repeat. I am more affected, though, by songs like “Linda” and “Du ser”, where the last one may be the most delicate, naked and vulnerable I’ve heard from him.
If you happen to be in Malmö tonight you can watch him play some songs together with Anna Jadéus (who also has contributed with vocals on the album) at Beer Ditch at 7 pm.

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Låtsaspoeten – “Hoppet kan va hopplöst”

June 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm


Even though the paint from the debut album “På riktigt” is still wet, Låtsaspoeten is already on his way with the follow-up. It’s called “Nattmusik för människor” and he has promised to deliver it in the early Autumn, with plenty of time before the Winter darkness gets a hold of us again. The first taste “Hoppet kan va hopplöst” was released today, and he says that we can expect more extracts from the album in the time to come.

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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:

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November 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm


The producer, songwriter and artist Jon Rinneby has appeared here on the blog in several earlier projects, but most of you probably knows him best from the band Turn Off Your Television. Since the band project went into an indefinite sleep in Spring, it may come as no surpise that the song machine Jon now is launching a new project: Låtsaspoeten (appr. The fake poet)

So far two songs have been released, songs where I recognise some things from before like the sense of smooth melodies and some bits and parts in the production, but where he now writes and sings in Swedish. As I’m a curious person I managed to catch his attention between two chords to ask him a few questions:

– What is Låtsaspoeten all about?

– Låtsaspoeten is a way for me to defuse my creation of music. A project where I write songs in Swedish where everything or nothing rhymes. This is completely new for me and I have no idea where I’m heading. I’ve always had a big interest for the the Swedish language, but never really taken the step to write in my mother toungue. I thought it was about time, I’ll soon be 35.
– “Think less, write more”, could be a key phrase.

– Does that phrase mean that we’ll see frequent song releases in the time to come?

– I really don’t know, but I do have a bunch of songs already recorded, that are lying here waiting. There will be some new ones before Christmas at least. One is called “Resan” (“The journey”) and is about my travel phobia and the second one is called Kaffe och Sobril (“Coffee and Sobril”) and is about coffee and Sobril. 

– But wait a minute! I am also working on a Christmas song which will be released on the 1st of December, where I’ve worked with a lot of nice musicians who have added choirs, both grown-ups and children. You will be able to download the song for free and share it like a digital Christmas card, but also choose to donate money, where all the money goes to this year’s Musikhjälpen (Swedish charity project run in Swedish national radio – editors note)

– I read that this was the first time ever you created a Christmas song, is that right?

– Yes, that’s right. I’ve always wanted to write one and now it felt like just the right time to do it. You’ve had the chance to listen in advance, it is fantastic isn’t it?

– Yes, absolutely. One has to search long to find a song with that much Christmas in it. By the way, what do you think about Christmas?

–  I have, like many others, a rather ambivalent attitude towards Christmas. On one hand I like the cosiness and the nostalgic traditions, on the other hand I hate the Christmas stress and that everything must be so f**g nice. But in general I try to like Christmas. My song will help with this, I promise.
– To me Christmas is about doing something that means a bit more than just buying some presents at Lindex. That’s why the Christmas song became something more than just a Christmas song this year.

– I have been following you and your music for a few years now, and you seem to write songs constantly. Do you always have a song underway, or how does it work?

– Well, I guess it’s just like that, that I always have a song in the pipeline. It has always been like that ever since I started writing music seriously when I was about twenty. I have no idea where it comes from, I probably have musical damp. It also helps that I have access to a good studio 24/7. Then it’s easy to go from an idea to a full song in just one day.
I have probably written more than 500 songs by now, many have never seen the light of day, which is good for all of us.

– Well, then you have something to come up with when it’s time for those “Rare tracks”-albums, hehe. Thanks for the chat Jon, and good luck with Låtsaspoeten. I’m looking forward to hearing more songs, including the Christmas song of course.

(interview Translated from Swedish)

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