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The Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Remix – Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren Re-edit)

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Original track by The Age of Love (1990), remixed by Jam & Spoon (1992), re-edited by Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren in 2016.

The original was an acid trance classic that’s spawned any number of remixes. But the focus on trance has always left me a bit ambivalent about it. The remix drops the tranciness and is the better for it. Here, The Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Remix – Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren Re-edit) goes for something much more strongly acidic in its approach, with more than a dash of driving synth work. It all changes half way through into something more euphoric and hand waving, as the focus switches to the vocal. Less a re-edit and more a complete rework.” – Acid Ted

Video: Johan Agebjörn & Young Galaxy – You Passed Through

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Swedish composer Johan Agebjörn has unveiled the official video for ‘You Passed Through’ featuring Young Galaxy. The track is taken from the album ‘Notes‘, out now on Paper Bag Records.

Directed by Jarrett Sitter:

There is a somber, fantastical, dream like quality I often try to tap into with my art, and that is what I tried to achieve here.

I had been waiting for a project that I might play with shadow puppetry, and this song seemed perfect for this medium. Shadows can have an ethereal, ghostly feel and this certainly compliments the haunting nature of “You Passed Through”. The dark/light duality also echoed the life/death narrative I had in mind for the video.

I wanted to involve a water scene as there were some aquatic themes within the lyrics, and where the ocean comes in it had a feeling of submersion and depth to me. In mythology passing over water is often symbolic of moving on to the next life as well, ie the River Styx. I wanted it to be a bit ambiguous as to whether she was witnessing the ghost character passing to the next life, and being faced with the decision of whether to follow him, or if it was simply a dream and metaphor for her trying to let go of someone she lost.

The ending’s bird sounds reminded me of morning chirping outside your window that you might wake up to, so it made sense that this be the time when the woman awakes from her sleep. It also raises the question if the entirety of the song was just a dream or if the only part of the dream was what proceeded after we saw her go to bed (or if any was a dream at all).

Johan Agebjörn feat. Sally Shapiro – The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry

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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.