Bedroom Eyes, the one-man songwriting project of Sweden’s Jonas Jonsson, is pretty much as pop as you can be. His latest is the Valentine Vacancy EP, and it’s available in full as a free download from his website (where you can also download his debut EP as well). Why not, I say? This music is about as confluent as you’ll find, and a sight more interesting than the bland clichés of the John Mayers and the Gusters of the American pop scene. The lead song, “Hand-in-Hand Grenade”, is also being released as a single in the US through Cloudberry Records—an odd move considering above. But if you love the music, why not support the artist for just $5? Anyway, all this goodwill makes it difficult to dislike Jonsson or his music, so it’ s lucky that it’s not half bad. That lead song is expertly crafted pop, Jonsson’s pure, high tenor voice lending a hint of exoticism. “Stethoscope Sounds” is another well-crafted pleasure, all jittery guitar bounce and warm brass. The four songs on Valentine Vacancy pass quickly, and with minimal impact—you’re hard pressed to recall a particular melody after the EP’s run through—but you won’t catch me complaining. For his debut LP, we’ll be expecting more, but for now Bedroom Eyes deserves all the exposure he can get.
// Notes from the Road
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