November 29th, 2015


I've been really happy lately with how the projects I've worked on this year have been shaping up and actually turned out. At the beginning of this year I was longing to explore, to head into uncharted territory. So I started Postcards and started planning both the livingroom tour for may and Ghostwriting for the fall. I thought of it as a side thing, as an outlet for other ideas while I kept working on the album. But now I find that these ideas are influencing the album itself and my whole workprocess.

Ghostwriting moved me. It was emotional for me, to sit down with all these people and listen to their stories. And to slip into their slippers and be them for a while, that was something I'd love to do again. While Ghostwriting this time was what it was - an installation taking place over a few days, with every song being written in less than an hour, I find myself wanting to try something like that again but actually spend some time on the songs, maybe make a real album out of it. You guys have some good material just sitting around out there, waiting to be turned into something, like a song. It also occurred to me how interesting it would be to see other artists in completely different genres do this. Or look for stories in a specific place. I came to think of how swedish singer Kajsa Grytt did a similar thing a few years ago, where she asked interns at a womens prison to submit stories or poems that she turned into songs. I think as long as it's on a voluntary basis and you're not slipping into someone's shoes without permission, it's a great thing.

Ghostwriting also gave me an opportunity to read something like 170 stories and do a small but interesting study in how swedish and american narratives differ slightly. It made me think of Kurt Vonnegut's story graphs, where he mapped out the narrative dynamics of popular stories. I found that american stories often followed a narrative I associate with the american dream - of starting with nothing but two bare hands, working your way up, facing hardships, ending up at a place better than where you were at the start or learning a valuable lesson. Swedish stories were more ambiguous, you couldn't always tell what was up or down, they were more like Hamlet or Sopranos. I personally fell for a lot of stories that were exploring rather than came to a conclusion. But I found great stories on both sides of the ponds. And loved EVERY single story of the 170 I read.

November 29th, 2015


Postcard # 44

Sample from Baby Huey - California Dreamin

November 29th, 2015


The Cincinnati part of Ghostwriting is now also up on Soundcloud and will soon come up here on the website too!

Thank you everyone who submitted stories and came to the interviews for this. And thank you everyone who came to the show last friday. That was just amazing. Thank you Drew Klein and everyone else at CAC who made this happen and sorted out all the logistics of it.

Also, a special heartfelt thank you to Eddy Kwon and the string players, the Ambassadors Ensemble from MyCincinnati. Wow, just wow. That moved me so much.

What especially moved me was at the end when I was about to go off stage and Ziyad, the bassplayer, presented me with a diploma, a degree of "Doctor Of Musical Hearts". The background for this was that I had said that despite having worked with music and songwriting for over 12 years now, I'm still not much on paper, I have no degrees, no eductional merits, not much to put on a Linkedin account. This probably goes for a lot of people who work their asses of, becoming really good at something on their own. It's not something that makes me sad, but it does strike me every time I fill in applications or I'm evaluated by some authority or immigration office - I'm not much on paper. But now I am. Next time I'm asked to fill in my highest form of degree or education I can write "Doctor Of Musical Hearts". Next time I'm flying and I get to choose my title I will fill in Dr instead of Mr!

The Ambassadors Ensemble:

Every morning at 8am I walked across the John Roebling Suspension Bridge, from Covington to the CAC:

Special deal in the cafe, the beer could be served cold as well:

November 11th, 2015


The Gothenburg part of Ghostwriting is now up on Soundcloud and here on my website too! Enjoy the stories and songs.
At the end of this week I'll be heading to Cincinnati to do the same thing again, I'll post those songs as well as soon as they're finished.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the premiere show at Röda Stens Konsthall last saturday, that was really fun.

Also, I know I'm behind on Postcards right now, Ghostwriting has taken up all the time, but I've written the songs in my head, just need a second somewhere to record them on my phone or something so I can upload them.

October 27th, 2015


Postcard # 43

As I've written before here, currently I’m working on a project called Ghostwriting in which I interview people, listen to a story they would like to tell and then turn that story into a song. It will take place in Gothenburg and Cincinnati. In Cincinnati the deadline for submitting stories is tomorrow so if you have a story you would like to have turned into a song, go here:
Hurry hurry hurry!

Anyway, to warm up I did a testrun and I interviewed a friend. I gave her three topics: love, fear and secrets. She chose fear and told me a story about her fear of her and her boyfriend slowly turning into her parents. This song is the result, I wrote it and recorded it in under 30 mins.

October 19th, 2015


Postcard # 42

My old saxophonist Frida Thurfjell dropped by and helped me write this plus added some sax to it, sad and gentle as the leaves falling outside.

October 12th, 2015


Postcard # 41

October 5th, 2015


Postcard # 40

This postcard is from me and the always amazing Annika Norlin. We wrote this together in a few hours and recorded our vocals in the voice memo apps on our phones. The song samples a bit from After 7’s ’Til You Do Me Right’.

Speaking of Annika, I’ll be singing on some of her songs this friday in Malmö if you’re there! I’m also DJ:ing a bit after the show.

September 25th, 2015


Postcard # 39

My friend Jonas Abrahamsson who plays piano in my band came around and we wrote this together.

September 15th, 2015


My project for the fall, Ghostwriting, which I will do at Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center as well as at GIBCA - the Gothenburg Biennial, is now open for story submissions.

There's been a bit of confusion about this, mainly because I had to take some time off during the summer due to exhaustion and during this time I wasn't able to be as involved as I would've liked. I confirmed a few press releases without thinking them through. But there's no major damage done. Just to repeat, here's what it's about:

Ghostwriting is a project in which I will sit down with a couple of people I’ve never met before (you could be one of them) and act as a ghostwriter for a story they would like to tell. Following a public call for story submissions, a diverse collection will be chosen. I will sit down with each participant and have a conversation, discussing their particular story. After that I will write a song out of their story, record it and then make it available to the world. The idea behind this is that I believe everyone has an amazing story in them and I want to hold it up to the world, but also to the participant as a mirror, allowing them to get a glimpse of who they are.

Ghostwriting has really nothing to do with Postcards as some descriptions have said, although I will most likely use one of the songs from each Ghostwriting session as the postcard for that week. Also, both Postcards and Ghostwriting originally came out of a longing I had at the beginning of this year to find a more spontaneous and free outlet for my songwriting.

To submit a story, you must be able to meet up in person for a personal interview at the interview dates below. This means you need to live in Gothenburg or Cincinnati or be able to travel to these cities.

In Cincinnati, the story you submit can be about anything. But in Gothenburg I chose three topics: Love, fears and secrets. I'm hoping these topics will be specific yet broad enough to inspire. As a story submitter you can be anonymous in the end, if you don't want your name attached to your song (if you write on the topic of 'secrets' for example). But we need your name and contact info to be able to call you to the interview.

Every participant will get their song on a USB stick in a nice little box in the end, as a memory and a thank you.

Here's all the links and info:

Gothenburg Biennial
Ghostwriting project link
Submit your story here (deadline oct 4)
Interviews scheduled for oct 17-18
+ Solo show at Röda Sten (I will perform the Ghostwriting songs + a mix of my other songs)

Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center
Ghostwriting project link
Submit your story here  (deadline oct 14)
Interviews scheduled for nov 16-19
+ the week ends with a very special show together with MYCincinnati

Ok, that's it. I think.

September 15th, 2015


Postcard # 38

September is the month when I often listen to FS Blumm's album 'Summer Kling'. It has become my summer transitioning into fall album. While listening to it, my girlfriend cranked up the vinyl speed from 33 rpm to 78 rpm, just for the fun of it. It sounded pretty good actually. And in my head I heard vocal melodies sung on top of it. This is what came out. The FS Blumm song is called 'Flocke'.

September 13th, 2015


Postcard # 37

September 10th, 2015


Postcard # 36

Sample from Karl Keaton - Love's Burn

September 8th, 2015


Postcard # 35

Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!

Gothenburg - see you at the manifestation at Götaplatsen, 17:30 tomorrow

August 25th, 2015


Postcard # 34

August 18th, 2015


Postcard # 33

Samples from:
The Nutmegs - Story Untold
Les Baxter - Unchained Melody
The Youtube clip "Flutes - What makes them different?"

August 13th, 2015


Postcard # 32

Samples from:
Guerre & Scissor Lock - Turnt Out
The Go-Betweens - Streets Of Your Town
Moe Koffman - Old Friends
The Rubettes - New York Tower
The Nutmegs - Story Untold

August 1st, 2015


Postcard # 31
Sample from Ed Watson - Boogie Woman

July 27th, 2015


Postcard # 30
Churchbells from St. Petri Dom zu Bremen

July 18th, 2015


Postcard # 29

July 10th, 2015


Postcard # 28

July 10th, 2015


Photo by Ivano Giordano, from the Just Like Heaven festival, Italy.

July 7th, 2015


Postcard # 27

Samples from The Whispers - Lady

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer!


June 28th, 2015


Postcard # 26

June 23rd, 2015


In november I’ve been invited to Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center to do two projects I’m very excited about:

1. Ghostwriting - in which I will sit down with a couple of people I’ve never met before and act as a ghostwriter for their story. Following a public call for story submissions, a diverse collection will be chosen. I will sit down with each participant and have a conversation, discussing their particular story that they want to tell. After that I will write a song out of their story, record it and then make it available to the world. The idea behind this is that I believe everyone has an amazing story in them and I want to hold it up to the world, but also to the participant as a mirror, allowing them to get a glimpse of who they are.
Stay tuned for more info about when and how to submit your story.

2. A performance with MYCincinnati’s Ambassador Ensemble, an amazing string sextet of young Price Hill musicians. Check out the video below, I’m very very excited about this. This will be a set of songs from my whole career, a lot of the classics, with some of the string arrangments Van Dyke Parks prepared for my show in Shanghai last year as well as new arrangments by their brilliant director Eddy Kwon.

June 23rd, 2015


I won the Västra Götalands Regionens Kulturpris last week! Apart from the grant I got this cool ouija board made by one of my favourite artists and cartoonists Linda Spåman. Thank you!!