Today, a little over two years after the release of my solo debut album Soundshine, I have the great pleasure to announce a follow-up in the form of the digital EP called “Record Collection”!!!
The title track is written together with one of my favorite Swedish songwriters Peter Kvint (Morten Harket, The Ark, Natasha Bedingfield, Magnus Uggla, Andreas Johnson, Britney Spears). I have known about his existence since the 90’s but even though we both live on Södermalm in Stockholm, and have many musician friends in common, we didn’t get to know each other until we met at a co-writing camp in Tokyo of all places. We decided to have a go at trying to write some classic power pop together and the outcome of our first session was “Record Collection”. It was originally recorded by Japanese artist duo Puffy (in Japanese) with the title “Happy Birthday” (see video here). My own version of it was first included as a bonus track to Soundshine for the Japanese market.
Now, I’m very excited (and relieved) to be able to present this song to the rest of the world. I’m extra proud of the lyrics since they have a clear concept which deals with a serious problem that can break the best of relations: Different taste in music!
It is accompanied by a lyric video made by Simon Hjortek. Former student of mine as well as member of the group Red Nova.
The second track is the previously completely unreleased track – “You Stole My Heart Away”! As in the case of Record Collection it’s a song I wrote – originally with Puffy in mind – and I was really happy with their version. But I found great joy in recording it myself as well.
Track number three is yet another “self-cover” since it was also released by Puffy in Japanese. Here’s a video clip from the recording session. It’s also great fun watching how the Japanese audience reacts to the song when performed by Puffy live. Check it out here. I’m really pleased with the fact that Puffy were kind enough to lend their vocal services to the background vocals singing great pop words like “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”.
Then comes my cover version of 10CC’s classic song “The Things We Do For Love” (you may remember the video?). A song I have loved ever since I heard it on the radio for the first time – thinking it sounded a little bit like Jellyfish(!). It was released on Drink a toast to Innonce – a really great tribute album featuring many of my favorite artists.