Swedish musician Johan Agebjörn is best known for writing and producing many of Sally Shapiro’s best known works, but he keeps up a healthy solo release schedule too. Agebjörn’s upcoming album Notes marks a change from his previous ambient and nu-disco sounds; his starting point for each song on the project was the Casio MT52, “a cheap keyboard from the early 80s that was mostly used on an amateur level.” On “The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry,” the instrument conjures a mysterious wintry instrumental that splits the difference between nocturnal Christmas music and something you might hear in the background of a suspenseful TV series. Shapiro’s sighing coos add a lot to the mix, but the twinkling keyboard sounds have the spotlight here. Listen below.
Previously, Agebjörn shared the Loney Dear collaboration “The Leftovers,” which shows how this aesthetic sounds against a more traditional pop vocal. You can hear that below as well.