Jelly CrystalFor SS18 "SILENCE YOURSELF"
Jelly Crystal, or Filip Johnson as he is called when not making music, creates dazzling otherworldly glam-pop. Music that will make you wish that you could jump into his weird but beautiful universe. For some, Jelly Crystal is a name that is yet to be found. Other might have seen him play in HOLY’s band or in other constellations, such as the band Ice Gold. With his solo project Jelly Crystal, it becomes clear that Filip Johnson is more than ready to stand alone.
Jelly Crystal’s music is hard to describe, label and put into genre-boxes – just as great music should be captured. His tunes carries the melancholic and nostalgic vibes that is reminiscent of music from other, earlier decades. Offering bittersweet melodies carried by cinematic soundscapes that will captivate and enchant listeners from the very start.
His music can be soothing and calm, transporting you to a dreamy and meditative state of mind, such as the track ”Love” from his self-titled EP ”Jelly Crystal” which was released in 2017. In contrary, the newest single release ”Now Awake”, which premiered earlier this year, is something completely different. The song paints an epic soundscape, making it grande and luxurious, sad and shimmering – all at the same time.
Tangled up in glam-pop tunes combined with the significant tone of Filip’s voice, Now Awake reminds a bit of the hidden gems from the past. The tracks you sometimes luckily stumble upon in the vinyl area of old record shops, except the fact that Filip Johnson is very much alive and thriving. His music captures a bit of what I imagine creative freedom would sound like. Unpredictable, mysterious and addictive, all combined in something that on paper seems incompatible but in reality will sweep you of your feet. I promise you that you’ve never ever heard anything like Jelly Crystal before.
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Special thanks to:
Photographer: Dan Sjölund
and the artist Jelly Crystal