Antenna

Swedish singer/songwriter Jay-Jay Johanson makes his U.S. debut with Antenna.

Swedish singer/songwriter Jay-Jay Johanson makes his U.S. debut with Antenna. His fourth full-length homeland release, Antenna, is receiving quite a warm reception stateside, thanks to the inclusion of its lead single, the dance/pop "Automatic Lover," in the spicy 2(x)ist TV commercial. Johanson, who wholly penned and primarily produced this collection, is fond of hook-laden melodies, poetic imagery, and beautifully simple—yet slickly layered—arrangements. The album begins with the electro-leaning pop gem "On the Radio," which fondly recalls early Pet Shop Boys. From there, Johanson delivers a cool range of soundscapes, from post-Portishead melancholia ("Cookie") to '80s-styled Italo-disco ("Déja Vè"). "Open Up"—steeped in widescreen strings, turntable scratching, and sci-fi sound effects—reveals an artist who isn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.—MP