Full disclosure: I went a little nuts about unknown Swede John Hillblom last Friday on Swedesplease. Usually when that happens I get ignored and the band slips further into oblivion. But this time people are responding so I’m going to repost that Swedesplease post here. Frankly I think Johan should be immediately added to the Glee cast. If you are a fan of the Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, and/or Antony and the Johnsons you really need to listen to this.
If you read this site with any regularity you know that I actually prefer demos to an overproduced product. I also prefer sincerity over stale cliches and indie rock hubris. So when I heard the songs of Johan Hillblom I was smitten.
The song “Sneak Preview” may be underproduced but that doesn’t mean it’s amateurish. The trumpet solos are great, the odd beats cool, and Johan’s crooning vocals clear and crisp. The lyrics are personal and clever without being pretentious. Examples include “you should see the gallery in my cellphone, you look like an angel from every angle” and “once when I was drunk I accidentally poked you on Facebook, and what’s worse you didn’t poke back”.
In a word if you are looking for the next Jens Lekman or Montt Mardie (or the next cast member of Glee for that matter) you needn’t look any further.
Bonus song (and here’s where the Glee reference comes from):