Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Don't Stop The Music: Jessie Ware

Jessie_Ware - Wildest moments750pxStill from Jessie Ware's "Wildest Moments"
Director: Kate Moross | Producer: Tamara Harel-Cohen | DoP: Ben Todd 

This is the first post in a little music series titled Don't Stop The Music that I will share with you here on the blog now and then. I've always felt that music and every musical experience is so individual and closely connected to our own hearts. But at the same time I've always been fond of reading or hearing about other people's personal memories to certain songs or artists. I love that social media today makes it easier for us to share music with others and help us discover artists that might have passed us by otherwise. In other words, enjoying and sharing music together can indeed be a truly beautiful experience. 

Recently I’ve felt so inspired by music in my work that I figured that I just had to write about it somehow! First up is Jessie Ware, a British artist that one of my best friends Ida recommended that I should listen to. A week ago she released her debut album titled Devotion

The first track I ever heard with Ware was the single "Wildest Moments". On a sunny Friday afternoon a few weeks back I was drinking coffee and packing a few orders while pressing the play button for the track on Spotify. As soon as the beat of the drums began I instantly got a good feeling and when the vocals started I got goosebumps. By the time the song had reach its refrain I was completely hooked. Hearing the song suddenly made me feel like a teenager again, remembering what it was like to hear my favourite track on the radio and getting butterflies in my stomach because it was so great! I love that music still can make me feel that way. 
DPP_7_800 DPP_17_8007" vinyl single for Jessie Ware's "110%"
Graphic design: Studio Moross
DPP_28_800 DPP_30_80012" vinyl single for Jessie Ware's "Running"
Graphic design: Studio Moross

Ware’s record has constantly been spinning in my ears and at home in my studio since it was released last week. The album consists of so many different beautiful walls of sounds and wonderful melodies combined with Ware's stunning voice. Besides my absolute favourite "Wildest Moments" I very much enjoy the tracks "Running", "Strangest Feeling", "Devotion", "Night Light" and "Something Inside".

I admire that Ware's work is so consistent, in everything from her music to her videos and the beautiful graphic design of her records. All of Ware's music videos have been directed by the graphic artist and art director Kate Moross, who runs a creative design studio in London called Studio Moross. Together with her team Moross also created the graphic design for all of Ware's records.

The music video for Wildest Moments is very minimalistic and elegant and only consists of one shot were Ware sings the song, spinning slowly in front of the camera. I've watched the video several times and I think it's the simplicity of it that makes it so breathtaking. I think the way of just focusing on her singing the track in front of the camera makes the viewer listen even more carefully to the music and the lyrics. Since I'm a big fan of clothing and style I couldn't help noticing Ware's beautiful style in the video with the white blazer, the black top, the necklace and earrings combined with her beautiful hairdo, as seen on the first picture in this post.
Still5_800 Still2_800 Still3_800 Still6_800 Still4_800 Daffodils - Jessie Ware750px Stills from Jessie Ware's "110%"
Director: Kate Moross | Producer: Tamara Harel-Cohen | DoP: Matt Fox

After browsing through a few pictures via Google it became even more clear to me that Ware's style is sort of the essence of the classic and elegant "Gentlewoman look" that I adore so much - consisting of blazers, trenchcoats and shirts combined with different beautiful accessories, (especially earrings!), subtle make-up and amazing hairdos. A style also seen on Kate Bush (especially in the music video for "Hounds of Love") and on the Seinfeld character Elaine Benes portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Besides finding a great deal of inspiration in Ware's style I can't even imagine how my soundtrack this late summer and upcoming fall would be like without the beautiful sounds and tones of her music. I'm so happy that I discovered her. She is a truly amazing and admirable artist.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Sunday!

DSC_0299 Happy Sunday, folks!

This week I have been on vacation in southern Sweden. I've been staying with my family, hanging out with friends, enjoying lots of good food, coffee and deserts, visited flea markets and celebrated my birthday! Tomorrow the ordinary life begins and I'm going back to the studio to work again! August is the best month of the year I think - the weather has been warm and sunny a lot.

The air has started to feel a bit crispy in the mornings which means that autumn is slowly on it's way. Even though autumn is cosy I catch myself thinking "please don't let summer end" most of the time right now. Luckily enough there are probably a few more summer days left to enjoy here in the Northern Hemisphere :)

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! See you next week :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Roses of The Garden Society

DSC_08770DSC_0905Just about a five minutes walk from my home lies a beautiful park called The Garden Society. During the spring I started to visit it more frequently and now I walk through it almost every week. The park is one of the best preserved 19th century parks in Sweden and it includes a palm house with exotic plants, a rose garden and a few restaurants and cafés among other things. DSC_0904 DSC_0880 The park is at its most beautiful during the summer when The Rose Garden is in full bloom. It consists of approximately 1500 different kinds of roses - old roses and modern roses such as English roses, China roses and Tea roses. The garden also includes a collection of Swedish west coast roses. A lot of couples get married here during the summer. If you happen to end up in Gothenburg this is a place you must visit :)
DSC_0879 DSC_0907DSC_0881 I love strolling through the park and I'm always amazed by the fantastic scents, colours and shapes of all theses roses. The idea that all of these flowers would soon begin to fade made me a little sentimental so this weekend I brought my camera with me on my walk so I could capture their beauty.
DSC_0900 DSC_0897 “Then thousand red roses” - that’s the name of a Swedish love tune from the 1960's that my grandmother used to play on a cassette tape in her home. On the tape the song was covered by a Swedish dance band called "The Vikings" and I’ve always thought it was kind of corny when I got older. But seeing all the roses in the rose garden this weekend suddenly made me think of the song again. And when I browsed through the lyrics I couldn’t help thinking that it was in fact quite a sweet love song about being in love and hoping that the other person you are in love with feels the same way too. The song also involves the thought about wanting to give away a bouquet of ten thousand red roses of course!

I have a special childhood memory to this song. I remember me and my dad visiting my grandmother on an early evening in the beginning of the summer when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I heard the song being played from one of the rooms in her house and I was standing in her living room, looking out the window and seeing her yellow roses in full bloom in her backyard. Later in the evening we said goodbye to my grandmother and went in the car to pick up mom from her late night job at the hospital. On our way home, we drowe by a big big field of lupins in different colours close to the higway just as the sun was starting to set.

I will always remember that moment in the evening and the colour explosion of those flowers in the golden sunset. I've also enjoyed lupins ever since then I think. It’s so great how songs can make you recall a specific memory like that. And it all started with seeing the roses in the park that day.