"You Still Have Summers" CDR
Genre: lo-fi, bedroom pop
Lo-lo-lo-fi bedroom pop is what can you
expect out of this Swedish one-man operation. Jonas Johnsson
has as unpolished a yawl as one might expect, and these simple
acoustic guitar / vocals / drum machine compositions are certainly
intended for the ardently DIY obsessed. On You Still Have Summers,
Johnsson stumbles upon some promising
compositions ("Someone Special," "Bumblebee") but his amateur vocals
are a tough hill to climb. In addition, several tracks suffer from low
production values that would put Guided by Voices to shame, in
turn wasting what might otherwise be salvageable songs ("Louise Dyer,"
"Buzzing Like Bumblebees on Speed"). Bedroom pop is a mixed bag, no
doubt. Sadly, this is not one of Series Two's best.
[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by