Jerry Johansson - Next Door Conversation

Review from Broken Face

It’s strange that we haven’t ever reviewed much from the Gothenburg-based Kning Disk label as pretty much everything they release is overflowed with exceptional visual quality and sonic artistry of highest possible caliber. I guess it’s just one of those things that happen, but that inexcusable fact is going to change right now.

First out is Next Door Conversation, two engaging sitar ragas from Jerry Johansson. Both epic pieces are based around the sitar but there are enough lush string embellishments to keep things varied and to provide a slightly Scandinavian (and symphonic) touch to the otherwise Eastern proceedings. Johansson’s complex and innovative sonic expression is all about nuances that bends and disappears like the ocean ebbs and flows.

Next Door Conversation won't appeal to everyone, as its repetitive tone undoubtedly will find the casual listener missing the unusual blend of otherworldliness and grace that the subtly shifting sonic colors provide us with. But if you're willing to let these aural structures seep into your skull, you'll find the company of Jerry Johansson meditative; with enough impressive organic features to make the hair on your arms stand up.

Mats Gustafsson
(February 29, 2008)