They Found My Body In A Bag 2019
Bror Gunnar's brand new release is what one could call True Crime Music. Many of the songs are based on known criminal investigations and most of them from Sweden. One case in particular was indeed literary close to home. With a knife killer breaking into people's home on the same street where Bror Gunnar lives. The title song is based on the gruesome murder of Catrine da Costa in 1984. Where the Police found the remains of a woman in a couple of garbage bags ditched by the side of a road in the outskirts of Stockholm. All body parts were found except for the head, and the perpetrator was never found.
Musically Bror Gunnar puts one foot in grunge and rock'n'roll, but keeps one foot steady in blues and folk soil with this album. It's recorded and co-produced by Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion in Göteborg. Some of the songs are based on Bror Gunnar's one-person-band, with him playing all instruments but some guest musicians can be heard as well. Performed by Bror Gunnar on vocals, electric guitars, drums, percussion and synthesizer. Emanuel Svensson drums & percussion. Henrik Nilsson electric bass. Emma Augustsson vocals & cello. Recorded at Elementstudion by Oskar Karlsson. Produced by Bror Gunnar Jansson and co-produced by Oskar Karlsson. Mastered by Henrik Alsér at Svenska Grammofonstudion. Photos by Johan Rönnow. Design by Anton Andersson.
This album is not an example of someone making entertainment out of other people's misery, but rather a way to cope with the world we live in, and to tell the stories of these victims and of the crimes they've been subject to.
9/10 - Terrorverlag.com
4/5 - Dagens Nyheter
4/6 "Han har en förmåga att trollbinda, oavsett om det rör sig om fiktiva berättelser eller verkliga händelser." - Gaffa
“Nordic, gloomy and tormenting good.” – www.maz-online.de
“That's nordic noir at its finest.” - Plattenladentipps
Single: Will You Help Me When I'm Old? 2019
This song could be called the comical relief of this album. While many of the other songs are centered around death and known criminal cases, this song is about someone who’s trying to pick someone else up in a bar. Inspired by the lyrically comical songs you can sometime hear from Jack White.
"Will you be my lover or just be my friend? I’m trying to read your signals, but I don’t understand. Tell me something about you, what are your friends like? How much of your face is on your mother’s or on your father’s side? I just want to know. Will you help me when I’m old? Will you help me out when I’m old and grey? I can help you too if you let me. Helping each other out makes ageing much more dignified. If we help each other out we can have so fun tonight. I just want to know. Will you help me when I’m old?"
Performed by Bror Gunnar on vocals and guitars, Henrik Nilsson on electric bass and Emanuels Svensson on drums. Recorded and co-produced by Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion Göteborg. Photograph by Johan Rönnow. Design by Anton Andersson. Released at Playground Music Scandinavia (WW) / Les Editions Miliani (FR).
Single: Body In A Bag 2019
In 1984 a garbage bag was found on the side of a road in the outskirts of Stockholm. Inside the bag laid parts of a severed body. Later another bag with even more body parts was found. These were the remains of Catrine Da Costa, a woman living in and working the streets of Stockholm. Still to this day her head haven’t been retrieved and the case remains unsolved.
Performed by Bror Gunnar Jansson on vocals, guitars, drums & percussion. Recorded by Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion, Göteborg. Produced by Bror Gunnar Jansson, co-produced by Oskar Karlsson. Photo by Johan Rönnow. Design by Anton Andersson.
"[...] Sweden's blues-rock fire-starter Bror Gunnar Jansson, who stages a hypnotic, truly macabre tale of his own death inside a heart-pounding new song. On the grisly bone-crusher 'Body In A Bag', which will send chills down your spine, he attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding what can best be described as a disgusting act against humanity. 'My killer kept my head /Maybe he put it in a box under the bed' he howls, a mucky blackness pouring out of him. Say what you will, Jansson is a masterclass singer, storyteller and musician, and your blood will surely run cold." - Jason Scott, B-sides and badlands.
Single: Stay Out All Night Long 2019
A bit of a pastisch or maybe rather an homage to John Lee Hooker’s first hit “Boogie Chillen” recorded 1948. Performed by Bror Gunnar Jansson on vocals, electric guitars and synthesizer, Henrik Nilsson electric bass & Emanuel Svensson drums. Design Anton Andersson. Photo Johan Rönnow. It was released January 25th on Playground Music (World wide) & Les Editions Miliani (FR).
And The Great Unknown Part I & Part II 2017
It’s a dark and lonely road. Bad people. Strange religions - with even stranger rituals. A journey. A landscape. This is a cold land, with cold soil. With murderers, power hungry war moguls and religious fanatics. O’ death where is thy sting? The Devil’s waiting just around the corner. Watch out. Watch your back. Do you really think you’re safe? When you’re asleep, do you think you’re safe?
This is Bror Gunnar Jansson And The Great Unknown. The latest solo-release of the swedish one-person-band. It’s dark and suggestive, rough, raw and beautiful. Southern Gothic, blues and swedish melancholy meet in stories of murderers and their victims.
With this double album Bror Gunnar takes yet one step further into the dark imaginary worlds of his mind.
A 2 CD Box set containing And The Great Unknown Part I & Part II + fold up poster with stills from the video shoot for the single "Moan Snake Moan Part III - The Bear-Snake" photographed by Camilla Topuntoli. Cover photos by Julien Bourgeois and Donovan von Martens. Design by Anton Andersson. Recorded and co-produced by Filip Leyman and Christoffer Johansson. With guest appearances by Kjell Jansson, Emma Augustsson, Kristin Nordén, Johan Hjalmarsson, Emanuel Svensson, Malin Wättring, Max Lindahl & Fredrik Askerdal. Released Autumn 2017 at Normandeep Blues Records.
Vinnare av Manifestgalans pris 2018 i kategorin Singer/songwriter. Motivering: "Närvaro, intimitet, nerv. Förmågan att trollbinda lyssnaren med en avskalad ljudbild och själfull sång. Rotad i traditionen men med ett uttryck som är här och nu."
Album of the week (Album de la semaine) in Canal+
“[...] where performances are like the circus and the music is an entire universe that you can enter.” - Mikael Timm, Kulturnytt Sveriges Radio P1.
And The Great Unknown, Part II 2017
Best sold jazz/blues album in France on it's release.
This album contains nine original songs with Bror Gunnar Jansson on vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, drums and percussion, tenor saxophone and more. Emanuel Svensson drums, percussion and vocals. Johan Hjalmarsson percussion. Christoffer Johansson electric guitar and vocals. Kristin Nordén organ, keyboards, upright piano and vocals. Kjell Jansson electric and double bass. Malin Wättring baritone saxophone. Max Lindahl trumpet. Filip Leyman organ. Fredrik Askerdal pedal & lap steel. Emma Augustsson vocals. Just like 'Part I' this second part is recorded and co-produced by Filip Leyman and Christoffer Johansson. Photos by Donovan von Martens. Artwork by Feni. Design by Anton Andersson.
Cover with cut out triangle. Turqoise colored vinyl. Download code.
3/4 in L’Express
“And what if the best American bluesman comes from Göteborg?”
“With his sublime And The Great Unknown, Part 2, he actually takes us into a strange tempest, an elsewhere that promises great surprises and especially an immense change of scenery. One-man-band, Bror Gunnar Jansson knows his limits and ignores them. Always in search of a form of transcendence, he invented his own Mississippi, his own poetry. It is this transcendence that makes the greatest force of this bluesman of another century. Constantly inspired by the throbbing rhythms of Afro-American music, it also draws on new seas and creates unlikely encounters.” -Rolling Stone Magazine (France)
“Det är faktiskt lite av en skam att Sverige inte förmår att uppskatta hans talang efter förtjänst eftersom det är en talang som är större än hos många av dem som vi själva importerar från USA.”
5/6 i GAFFA
"Dags att bluesdoldisen kliver in i rampljuset."
4/5 i Nya Wermlandstidningen.
"De musikaliska influenserna gör det till en variationsrik skiva, men det är koncentrerat och med en febrig närvaro när han väver ihop svensk folklore med amerikansk tradition i berättelser som rör sig i gränslandet mellan skröna och verklighet. Det är själ, melodi, kraft, tragik och skönhet i en tilltalande blandning."
Song "Edward Young Took His Gun" featured in the short documentary "The Normal People" (2017) by Daniel Soares.
And The Great Unknown, Part I 2017
Released at Normandeep Blues February 2017.
And The Great Unknown, Part I is an EP containing five original songs by Bror Gunnar. Recorded and co-produced by Filip Leyman (Anna von Hausswolff, Temple) and Christoffer Johansson (previous Bror Gunnar releases). Also with some guest musicians such as Emma Augustsson, Kjell Jansson, Emanuel Svensson, Malin Wättring, and Christoffer and Filip. Mastered by Henrik Alsér. Designed by Anton Andersson. Cover photo front by Julien Bourgeois. Cover photo back by Donovan von Martens.
10" EP on turqoise colored vinyl. Download card included.
Song "Spiritual" featured in SVTs "Bye Bye Sverige" (2017).
Single: Spiritual 2016
"By train, wheels or feet
I walk alone
I travel by night
Always and never alone
Find me I'm astray
a stray hound
He who is everywhere
and nowhere can never be found
Find me I'm a stranger
a stranger here on this land
of dirt and dust and tears"
This song is not based on characters or stories but on how I can sometime feel when touring. It’s musically inspired by old trad. Spirituals - therefor the title. The lyrics are partly inspired by some of John Lee Hooker’s songs - an expert on (songs about) loneliness on the road. My arrangement idea for this song is partly inspired by a Tinariwen song.
Bror Gunnar Jansson vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, drums and percussion, tenor saxophone. Christoffer Johansson electric guitar. Malin Wättring baritone saxophone. Max Lindahl trumpet. Kjell Jansson double bass. Recorded and produced by Filip Leyman, Christoffer Johansson and Bror Gunnar Jansson. Photo Donovan von Martens. Design Anton Andersson.
Featured in SVTs "Bye Bye Sverige" (2017).
Moan Snake Moan 2014
“The revelation of the year.” - Stéphane Deschamps, Les Inrockuptibles.
“Dark, screaming, poetic.” - Brian Banks, It's A Psychedelic Baby Magazine.
“Moan Snake Moan is an outstanding collection of alt-blues, and propagated roots that evolve and seep, roar and weep, and remind you that the next time someone tells you the blues and its permutations are tired and gone, you can tell them to shut it and listen to this. An absolutely brilliant album.” - Rick Saunders, Real Deep Blues Blog.
“Jag är stum av beundran inför Bror Gunnar Jansson och hans skiva. Så pass att jag inte lyckas få alla lovord på pränt. Det här hör nämligen till det bästa jag någonsin hört. Jag lyfter på hatten och önskar Jansson all lycka och välgång. Fast det gör jag mest av egoistiska skäl eftersom jag vill ha fler skivor av honom. Och det genast!” - Daniel Gustavsson, Lira Musikmagasin.
“[...] bound to inspire the scores to many horror movies.” - Boston Blues Society.
Song "Moan Snake Moan, Pt. I" featured on SyFy's TV series "Happy" (2019).
Song “Ain't No Grave” featured on USA's TV series “Damnation” (2017).
Album of the week (Album de la Semaine) in Canal+
Produced by Christoffer Johansson & Bror Gunnar Jansson.
Bror Gunnar Jansson vocals, electric, acoustic & baritone guitars, drums, percussion, tenor saxophone, zurna, banjo, whistling, sticks, cage & chains. Christoffer Johansson percussion. Emanuel Svensson drums & percussion. Kristin Nordén organ. Emma Augustsson cello. Max Lindahl trumpet. David Edefors bass tuba. Design by Anton Andersson. Photograph by Johan Lund. Artwork by Feni.
This release has both specific sound and design. Recorded live, by the great Jonas Olpers, just before a gig at Jonssons fik & butik in Enviken, Sweden 2013. It was recorded using only one microphone and directly onto the tape of an old 1930s or ‘40s tape recorder. The record is a wax dubplate, which means they aren‘t pressed, but cut in real time on thick black wax. The cover is handmade and this EP was only released in 49 numbered copies, that sold out the same day as it was released.
Performed by Bror Gunnar Jansson on vocals, guitars & drums. Recorded by Jonas Olpers. Photos by Per Buhre. Design/artwork by Nils Trash. Released at Stencil Trash Records 2014.
Bror Gunnar Jansson 2012
His debut solo album. Six original songs, one traditional murder ballad and a version of Richie Hart’s rhythm and blues song “Heartaches and Troubles”. This was recorded live-in-studio by Christoffer Johansson during a weekend in 2012.
Bror Gunnar Jansson vocals, guitars & drums. Produced by Christoffer Johansson & Bror Gunnar Jansson. Design by Anton Andersson. Except for The Greatest Records release, design by Marcus Lundquist. Photographs by Nettan Kock.
"I don't know how well known Bror Gunnar Jansson is in the States, but from listening to this album, I think he deserves to be at the top of the heap of Dark Blues interpreters today. He certainly won't be stuck in the frozen North of Sweden for long. Not with songs this hot! Seriously, people, book this dude in the States. I want to see him play live!" - Steven P. Wallace, Hearth Music/No Depression.
"Hade Bror Gunnar Jansson varit amerikan hade han blivit utgiven av Fat Possum Records jämte T-Model Ford, R.L. Burnside och Junior Kimbrough. Och tro mig, det är den nivån han ligger på. [...] en av årets bästa skivor." - Peter Sjöblom, Tidningen Kulturen.
40 Years - Bear Family Records 2015
2012 Bror Gunnar Jansson - S/T, The Greatest Records
2012 Serve You Right To Suffer - S/T, Imogena Records
2013 Various - Sounds of Woody, MCV
2014 Bror Gunnar Jansson - 8" EP, Stencil Trash Records
2014 Bror Gunnar Jansson - Moan Snake Moan, Normandeep Blues Records
2015 Various - 40 Years, Bear Family Records
2016 Det Blev Handgemäng - Bugalú, Imogena Records
2017 Bror Gunnar Jansson - And The Great Unknown Part I, Normandeep Blues Records
2017 Bror Gunnar Jansson - And The Great Unknown Part II, Normandeep Blues Records