Johan Agebjörn feat. Sally Shapiro – The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry
Swedish composer Johan Agebjörn has just released a single called “The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry”, which features his frequent collaborator Sally Shapiro on vocals. The track is off his upcoming solo album called “Notes”, out on Paper Bag Records on February 10th 2015.
Notes is a dreamy, melancholic and mostly instrumental collection of songs. The music is quite different to the music he have produced earlier, both with Sally Shapiro and alone. The starting point for the album was the electric piano sound of the Casio MT52, a cheap keyboard from the early 80s that was mostly used on an amateur level. It’s used (together with other sounds) on almost every track on the album.
The album includes collaborations with Sally Shapiro, Loney Dear and Young Galaxy (as well as a remix for Brain Machine that fits to the album’s style).
“Some songs sounded like instrumental versions of pop songs, so I decided to have vocals on them. It was of course natural to ask Sally on two tracks. Loney Dear and Young Galaxy are both making dreamy music with great expression, so I thought they would both be exciting collaborators on this album, and I’m honored they wanted to sing on my productions.
After this album, it hits me how much my previous output has had its roots in electronic music styles from the 80s and 90s. I don’t see this album fitting in there so much. I don’t know what to call it. There’s a lot of electric pianos in there, that’s all I can say about the style.”
You can pre-order the album here.