image001Here at DAA we normally stick to our brief of unknown and underground, original music, but when your radar picks up a blip that turns out to be a cover of Bat For Lashes by Jay-Jay Johanson and Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie, you have to take notice, so for this, our 50th new music post, we have bent the rules a little.

After the release of his wondrous 4 track EP, ‘Moonshine’, Swedish producer, songwriter and avant-garde extraordinaire Jay-Jay Johanson returns with his 10th studio album ‘Opium’, out 8th June on Kwaidan Records. With masterful musicianship and soulful, melancholic vocals, Johanson takes us down a dreamlike road, telling 10 stories through 10 songs, inviting us into his dark and all-encompassing world.

“The great crooner of the electronica era, the Swedish singer is known for his evocative and melancholic voice that’s reminiscent of romantic singers from days gone by.” – Time Out

 “A rich bedrock of composition; the static waves of ambient noise that give way to stilted beats and some gorgeously restrained keys.” – GoldFlakePaint 

 “Jay-Jay Johanson knows when to head out to left field – but he also knows when to take centre stage. An electronic crooner, the Swedish artist’s material veers from pole to pole” – Clash Magazine

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