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Thursday, 11 February 2010

Texas hold 'em

Slightly astounded to discover the wholly astounding Jasper TX has never graced LMYE before - though he was named in our recent 'emerging' artists top 10 (exemplifying the caveat that most of those ranked did their emerging some years ago...) & his Sky featured in a post last summer (& then amended here)...

Ultra train-spotters will also want to note that he's on a Simon Scott track upped here not so long ago.

But as a full-blown cover star Dag's a stranger here. No longer, though - below are three compelling SoundClouded tastes of his gorgeous, rumbling home-brew, with its intense texturing, its massive build, its shards & splinters & squeals & slur all freighting a notable depth of feeling...

NB: more Jasper to follow soon in an Under the Spire special...

Jasper TX - A Box of Wood in the Storm (Excerpt)

A sample from Jasper TX's album "Singing Stones", released by Fang Bomb in 2009. Jasper TX, known to his friends as Dag Rosenqvist, is a busy man indeed. Besides being one half of the rather amazing post-rock duo De La Mancha, he has released a number of carefully drafted and very well received solo recordings in his Jasper TX guise over the last few years, with labels such as Miasmah, Kning Disk and Lampse.

The visual aspects of Rosenqvist’s music cannot be neglected. Feelings superimposed on feelings; he works his music like a painter, applying layer after layer of colors to his compositions. In these deeply cinematic, drone based pop workings, the guitar is the most commonly featured instrument. It is however not always recognizable as such – his soundscapes could often be anything but. The sound is altered, by gentle hands, until it gets under your skin, into your soul and further.

»Singing Stones« is the fifth album proper from Jasper TX. Over almost 60 minutes, we are told a heartfelt story of windswept islands in past times, a small community surrounded by the dark sea. It’s a story of sadness, of being left behind, a story shrouded in darkness and death, but not without a glimpse of light – in hope of a possible reunion.

This is a personal album, allowing us a glimpse not only of Dag Rosenquist’s unique musical skills, but also his inner life, his beliefs and his compassion. And by echoing our not so distant history, with »Singing Stones« he actually manages to teach us all a little bit about ourselves."

And I Close My Eyes by Jasper TX

From the "Gothenburg 08" compilation released 2008 on the excellent Fangbomb imprint."

Waverly Cemetary (Sydney) by Jasper TX

From my first ever cassette release, this is my interpretation of a poem by the talented Penelope Joy."

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