1996 JAY-JAY JOHANSON, a young man from Sweden, first appeared with his album „Whiskey“ influenced by Bristol Sound (especially Portishead and Trip-Hop). That summer, almost twenty years later, his tenth album named „Opium“ was released.
Artists like Chet Baker, Jamie XX and Burial belong to his sources of inspiration and the title speaks for itself: „I want my listeners to become addicted to my voice, my songs and my music“, says the 45 year old. JOHANSON opens his heart and is responsive to the themes of his generation: love, solitude, immatturity. Some songs sound alarmingly serious, others stand for lively ease and pleasant peace. Lines with obvious poetry, unerring songwriting á la JOHANSON and his characteristic sound make the mix. The tenth masterpiece is reckoned as the sequel to his previous album „Cockroach“. „Opium“ scores with modesty and precision.
In short: JAY-JAY JOHANSON appears at one’s best.
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