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Porn Sword Tobacco : everything is music to the ear

  • CITY CENTRE OFFICES
  • Release year 2009
  • 17 tracks, 50 minutes
  • CD in Jewelcase

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Towerblock CD 044

12,31 €

Porn Sword Tobacco is a music project by Henrik Jonsson, out of Gothenburg (Sweden) and on "Everything is music to the ear" he blends krautrock-type grooves, piano phrasings, layers of synthetic soundscapes, vintage synth melodies and classically IDM beat programming in a warm and catchy way, resulting in 50 minutes of highly enjoyable electronica with a wink to the good old days.               
Boards of Canada, Kettel, Kraftwerk or even Vangelis, it's all music to the ear....

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REVIEW
Those of you who get your jollies from intelligent, interesting, emotionally evocative electronic music...ohhhhh mama. Swedish composer Henrik Jonsson makes a strong return on Everything is Music to the Ear, the third full-length in a career that's already won comparisons to Brian Eno and Boards of Canada. The delicate twinkling of "Welcome" greets listeners as though they've arrived at a Disney doorstep; you practically expect birds to come fluttering through the window. This recedes after less than a minute - a recurring theme throughout the album, which is interspersed with these flavorful little interludes, like the ambient musical version of a tapas restaurant. Much of Everything is Music came out improvisation, and while often times those kinds of odds-and-ends can be disjointed, or the abbrievated runtimes an indication of ideas that were never brought to fruition, Jonsson either makes them feel complete, like the Sigur Ros-ish "Sjobodarna star tomma over jul" (say that 10 times fast or 1 time slow) or has them lending context to the album, like the ambient interludes "That's roadrageous!" and "My week in Zambia." The meat, of course, comes with the longer tracks, and there are some exquisite ones, particularly through the album's hiccup-free first half (though the second half is not without its standouts; even the hidden track is nice). Jonsson mostly keeps the tone light, though there are occasional detours to drone and melancholy. After a very strong stretch of engaging atmospheric compositions, anchored by "I love riding my bicycle" and "Havet ar arligt," Jonsson delivers the knockout on "The lavalife." Words are an endangered species on Everything is Music, but the first minute of "The lavalife" offers a platform to a curious, ranting protagonist who's talking about hypothetically kicking the shit out of someone's ass. What sounds like a gimmick or another minute-long interlude instead unravels as the album's thoughtful and eminently enjoyable centerpiece. ( Adam McKibbin )