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Album Review

On his 2009 album, Henrik Jonsson aka Porn Sword Tobacco creates a gently enjoyable flow of understated electronic compositions that might be his best work yet — if an open tribute to the power of music as such, then there's nothing wrong with that. So the soft "En Ny Morgon," with its gentle but inspirational piano over a shuffling beat half early Kraftwerk and half late Boards of Canada, isn't too far removed from the demi-exotica of "Cave 4b-50 Clicks Northwest," all quiet slink and weird wigginess. Brief snippets and fragments scattered throughout the album keep things gently varied within the general feeling of piano-led contemplation, while the stylistic experiments often become their own reward. Thus "Havet Är Ärlight" is almost a classic Phil Spector tribute in its beat and understated drama, while "The Lavalife" features an unexpected burst of found-sound jive talking disrupting the soft, sweet Eno-like tones of the peppy piece. An often surprising and sweet little album, it makes for one of 2009's better retro-future electronic efforts.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Porn Sword Tobacco has the most incongruous and unlikely of recording monikers. This near-irreconcilable name for a project initiated because the main protagonist Henrik Jonsson (b. Sweden) discovered a shop in the middle of a northern Swedish forest that sold only porno, tobacco, weapons and souvenirs. Thoughts of this unusual store (and its youthful, female shop assistant named Fanny) apparently influenced the mood and ambience of subsequent recording sessions in the remote studio where the project’s...
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