Beautifully set beneath the majestic northern lights in the windswept Swedish mountains lies the small town of Föllinge. One of the few hundred people calling this placid but enchanting place home is Jonas Jonsson. Under his moniker Bedroom Eyes he dresses up in a slender white suit, armed with songs that aim to be vivid and short compounds of bright melodies and heartfelt matters. Wrapping his exploding indie pop with unrequited love, wishful thinking, unwavering trust in infinite possibilities, wrong roads taken, blissful hopes and a constantly present longing to belong.
Bedroom Eyes recorded his debut album ”The Long Wait Champion” with the help of his best friends and the engineer Herman Söderström (The Cardigans, Hello Saferide) in all-analogue studio Ocean Sound Recordings, built inside a small boat house on the sandy Atlantic shores of the tiny Norwegian island Giske. There simply can not have been a more fitting way to have recorded this album than out looking the Atlantic Ocean with charming people in sundresses and 60’s shades zooming by the studio’s big glass wall on bicycles. Families and young lovers frolicking and laughing in the ocean water, just a few feet away from these songs getting stuck on tape alongside the soft sounds of the North Sea waves trying to kiss the studio wall. “The Long Wait Champion” is now released in Sweden (A West Side Fabrication), Norway (Spoon Train Audio) and Japan (Naturebliss).
It took Jonsson two and a half years of savings to pay for the studio bills. During that period (897 days, for those who are counting) he did not buy one single item – not even clothes, haircuts or newspapers.
Releasing two demo-EPs for free online download stirred up a massive internet hype (more than 150.000 downloads of the underground hit “Motorcycle Daydream” alone) and numerous large music magazines and newspapers such as Rolling Stone Magazine and Der Spiegel gave the EPs raving reviews. This publicity boom gave the demo songs airplay on radio stations in more than twenty countries worldwide.
A six-piece backing band joins the euphoric live shows and two tours of Sweden were made during 2010 and 2011. Amongst a number of Scandinavian festival performances is a critically praised appearance at Norway’s largest festival Quart.
Sweden has spawned heaps of loud garage rock bands fronted by bigmouthed lead singers and here is the complete opposite. Instead of a black leather jacket and ludicrous attitude – a white suit and an honest intent.
This is pop music from the heart – to the feet.
The live band:
Mattias Andersson: bass
Henric Boija: guitar
Markus Eriksson: keyboards
Markus Ernehed: saxophone
Kim Fastesson: guitar
Emil Karlsson: drums