Again, sorry for all the errors after the translation. I’m trying my best!
My last post of ”the history behind Sleepy Songs” ended with me getting tired of it, and soon becoming a father for the first time. After a few years of being a father (for both the first and second time) I ended up having summer vacation. And for some reason I had brought my keyboard with me…
During the summer of 2017 I brought my “mobile studio” with me for summer vacation with my family. The reason was that I was going to record backgrounds for Rimstad Rockerz’s album Tidens Led during the summer, and therefore I needed some studio equipment. The first two weeks of the four week long vacation were spent at my parents house in Arvika. The recording of Tidens Led went really well and were sounding pretty good after those weeks, so when we went our next destination (a little house at Näset just outside Gothenburg) the work with Tidens Led was already finished.
I decided to challenge myself. Perhaps it would be fun trying to do one Sleepy Song every day of that week? Good practice for me! Play a piano, compose effectively with a deadline and bring life into the old Sleepy Songs project that has been dead for about three years.
On the first day I started with my first song. And that song were, of course, named Ankomst (which means ”Arrival”l). And then it just went on. Six songs in eight days (well, I needed some time off as well).
The name v. 31 simply stands for Week 31 (v = vecka in Swedish which means week). And the week we spent at Näset was the 31st of that year. The picture on the cover is a picture I took one of those days when the weather was nice during the week. The song Skärgården is my favorite from the album. I first named it Styrsö which gives some indications of what we did that day. (Styrsö is a ”small” island just outside Gotherburg. Really beautiful! Visit!)
So. Sleepy Songs had been brought back from the dead. And I played the piano like never before!
When I came back from my vacation and went back to ordinary life again I continued to play a lot of piano. I also started experimenting with different softwares I bought over the years (especially different piano plug-ins and synthesizers). After a while I had a pile of new songs at hand, and I realized that I probably should make a release out of it. I picked out the four songs I liked the best (a piano solo, an orchestra composition and two ambient songs with synth pads and stuff). The EP kind of namned itself.
A month earlier my wife had painted a simple portrait of me, which I liked very much, and it became the cover of the EP.
Creativity just continued to flow and this resulted in my latest EP “Piano pt. 6 “. Thanks to a couple of playlists with piano music with many follower, a few of the songs is getting a lot of plays at the moment.
After a while, I took courage to me and asked my uncle if he had any drawings in stock, and Ireallt liked this portrait which became the cover of the EP.
Tomorrow, my new single is coming out. It’s gonna be great!
Hope you had a fun time reading this, and please take the time to listen to at least a few of the tracks!
This was originally posted on my private blog in Swedish. I tried to translate it, so hopefully you’ll understand most of it! There’s probably a couple of mistakes…
The songs can of course be found on all major streaming services, as well as on youtube.
Everything really started at work. I started my first job as a preschool teacher right after I graduated the university in 2011. I worked with two-year-olds, so all the children had nap time after lunch, and for nap time they needed relaxation music. Blå Stunder. Röda stunder. Gröna stunder. Svarta stunder. (You might not now what this is, but it’s like a crappy collection of crappy relaxation music on CDs released in Sweden.
Anyway, I thought to myself: ok, do it better yourself then! And so it began. I started composing on my piano on week nights for a few weeks, I did what was going to be the debut album ”Först ska vi äta, sen sova och sen kommer pappa” (First, we’ll eat, then we’ll take a nap and then Dad will come to pick you up). The phrase in the title also came from work. We had a child who was very anxious and quite sad most of the day. So that phrase was my way to comfort the child!
The first song I wrote for the album was ”Vi åker till Kina (We’re going to China)”, and I started working in that because my room mate at the time, Frank, wanted to hear “Something Chinese”. I’m not entirely sure that it sounds Chinese, but it still became the start of Sleepy Songs.
This is what the firs album sounds like!
Relatively shortly thereafter I worked as a producer for quite a few artists (Morgan Dryden, Theodor Elfving and Single Candle) and all of them printed CDs of the productions we made. I also wanted to do that! So I started working on the sequel to the debut album. This time I wanted to step away from the ”classical” setup I used on the first album (piano and strings) and instead wanted to explore the Rhodes piano together with a lot of drum beats. This was also the first time I used the human voice; when my friend Morgan read a short poem he wrote in Chinese for one of the songs.
After release number two (I called it Part 2) I wanted to do something different. Maybe not sleep-music in the same way as the previous two releases. So this is what I did: I made 10 songs (or rather backgrounds) and invited many of the people I produced during the years to write lyrics and sing them to my backgrounds. The goal was to bring in as many different languages as possible and the theme was, of course, sleep.
This is the languages represented: Swedish, English, Danish, Greenlandic, Icelandic, French, Chinese (Mandarin). All the featuring artist can be seen on each song.
Not only did my uncle draw the cover this time, he also sang on the song “Wake me up” (lyrics by Morgan Dryden). The reason the album got the name 48:50 is because it’s after 48 minutes and 50 second my uncle screams ”Wake me up” in the last song on the album.
For the second time, I printed the album on CDs and the cover is from my uncle’s book Måntornet (my kids favorite books btw).
One of the best streaming songs on Spotify from this album was the song When I Go to Sleep, featuring Jonathan Olofsson and Coster. Since that song apparently worked so well I wanted to make more just like it; rap mixed with funky vocals and chill backgrounds.
It became no less than two singles: one without them was with both artists and one only with Mathias Coster.
Cover by Uncle Per from the Book Måntornet (again).
Cover by Anton Jakobsson.
After the two singles I started to lose interest a little bit. It was still the first album that dominated Spotify streams and I was just about to become a father for the first time. So Sleepy Songs died. Or at least fell asleep for a while.
In the next part; I’ll tell you about the revival!