We have come to a crossroads, Sondre has made his final Placelist and now the torch will be passed along to a soon to be announced successor. But like expected, Sondre goes out with a bang, a solid list + a little online art show that is both weird, ambient, accessible and inspiring. As always Sondre has a few parting words and a word of praise for the artist HOLY SHIT in ALL CAPS so you know he means it!
OK, I DIDN’T REALISE HOW DEEP THESE SONGS HAD LANDED IN ME UNTIL THE LIST ACTUALLY WAS DONE. AND EVERY TIME I HEAR THESE SONGS IT FEELS LIKE SOMETHING IS THERE THAT I’VE HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE. AND YES, I’VE HEARD ABOUT THE INTUITION INVOLVED, HOW THE SONG IS THE PILLOW AND HOW YOU PRESS RECORD AND THEN PLAY. AND THE ONLY THING I CAN LIKEN THESE SONGS TO IS THIS KIND OF INTUITION – AND HOW IT FEELS. IT’S AS IF YOU KNOW IT ALL, BUT THE ONLY THING YOU CAN REALLY RELY ON AND KNOW THAT’S HAPPENING IS YOUR GUT TELLING YOU THAT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, AND IT IS ALL SO CLEAR BUT UNDESCRIBABLE.
I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES A DAY I FEEL THAT WAY.
Sondre Mortensen is somebody who’s skating we have loved for a long time now. He and his brother Amandus were two of the main people featured in our 2017 Malmö issue.
It was during the making of that issue that Sondre’s musical abilities really came to our attention. At that time, he had just released “Studentveckan” and during the editing process of our Malmö issue video we ended up using a few of his songs for the edit.
Afterwards, we stayed in touch and talked about music in general and thought about doing something on multiple occasions but never really did anything of substance until after our trip to Tunisia a couple of weeks ago.
During that trip, Stefan Marx and Sondre really bonded over their love for music citing several bands and artists but one name kept popping up “John Maus”.
To Sondre, Mr. Maus is a special somebody. He listens to his music quite often, has met the man and got a t-shirt to prove it! So when we approached him with the idea to do a column, John’s tunes were an obvious starting point. If you want to know why? Check out Sondre’s music or read his explanation below and enjoy a little tour through not only John’s Music but the way it has affected a young musician.
Intro by Roland Hoogwater.
Text By Sondre Mortensen.
Photos by Joel Forsberg Fahller.
Ok so, this is really what got me into music. Preston Harper and Ryan Sublette’s parts in Worship Friendship, that was the first time I heard John Maus, I think. It was the first time I saw in the credits that the songs were made by the same guy, and that was it, rest is history (laughs).
I looked his name up and started listening and I was completely hooked. I even bought a midi keyboard immediately after I started listening to all his stuff!
Back in those days I think the earliest ”favorite song” I had was titled ”for Ariel Pink”, that song is something I still don’t really ”get” in a lot of ways, it’s just filled with that magic that you can’t put your finger on. And then he did a cover on ”Bombs Away”! Holy frick, I was too happy! That song has been one of my favorites since the first time I heard it (The original version by Holy Shit, that is.), for me, that completed the circle since JM wasn’t on ”Stranded at two Harbours”! woah, I love it.
Well, if I was to introduce someone to what I like about John Maus it would be something like this ”Placelist”, it really goes a lot of places(laughs)!
The homage to Matt Fishbeck,Ariel Pink, and Molly Nilsson, the twelve-tone on ”Less talk more action”, the bass on ”mental breakdown” the disgust in ”the willies” the time on ”blowing in the mind” and the little instrumentals in the end of the songs, and so on… anyways less talk more action click playyyyy!