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Per Gessle’s cookhouse

Per’s latest posts made many fans wonder what Mr. G is cooking again. First you see him posting a video, getting ready to work with Clarence. In a different time zone. Okay, it’s music in the making, not just a random holiday. Then bang, there is a Sunday selfie with Anders Herrlin, Clarence Öfwerman and Per. Anders? Hm hm… Then it comes to your mind that Anders is very much into soundtracks and you remember Per said in an interview quite some time ago that he is working together with Jonas Åkerlund again on a soundtrack for Jonas’ new movie. Jonas is indeed working on a new film. The title is Lords of Chaos and it’s based on a true story. It was announced already in May 2015 that Jonas is directing this movie, but the shooting was a bit delayed for whatever reasons. Now it seems Mr. Åkerlund is very busy with it and the project is in pre-production phase.

Back to Mr. G’s new dice, the storyline on IMDb states: A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome.

Black metal… Aha… What does Per have to do with black metal??? Oh my… Then ooops, he posts a picture of Christoffer Lundquist and Clarence Öfwerman hanging out with a cutout Alan Jackson (famous country musician) and he writes ”Chris, Anders & Clare preparing yet another heavy metal arrangement.” Heavy metal… so why Alan Jackson? Just to confuse us… Oh, Alan Jackson has a good-looking country bar in Nashville.

Back to the movie. You check anything related to the ”music by” section of Lords of Chaos, but all you can find related to sounds / music so far is that Mattias Eklund’s name is stated as re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor. Mattias was there to edit sounds for Small Apartments as well. You know, the movie with beautiful soundtrack music by Per Gessle.

So is Per making black metal music together with Anders, Clarence and Chris? Or are they all there in Nashville for country music only? Haha. This guy is certainly not running out of projects. Good for us!

 

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Picture taken from Roxette’s Facebook page

Update on 2nd November 2016: Helena Josefsson joined the gang in Nashville for 3 days & they are recording together with Jessica Sweetman (British singer / songwriter). Jessica says: “Yesterday [1st November] I was recording in the Blackbird Studios in Nashville with Per Gessle from Roxette. I am so happy that I am going to be featured on a song of his that he is releasing next year. Per and his team are such wonderful souls and incredibly talented musicians. I feel blessed I have had this opportunity of collaborating with them on this project.”

Update on 5th November 2016: Drummer Elizabeth Goodfellow joined Per Gessle & Co in Nashville. Elizabeth also worked together with Helena Josefsson and Christoffer Lundquist at AGM a month ago. Elizabeth says: “Just wrapped up tracking drums for Per Gessle! It’s an honor to play for a songwriter I listened to on the radio since before I can remember. So grateful to keep growing and learning. Thank you!”

 

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“Kom vila hos mig” featured on “Krigarnas Ö”

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Emil Jonsvik with Marie Fredriksson. Photo: Pernilla Petersson

It’s almost a year now since we reported that a song by Marie Fredriksson was supposed to be featured on the Swedish movie “Krigarnas Ö” by Emil Jonsvik (who directed Marie Fredriksson’s video “Sista Sommarens Vals“). The movie is out in Sweden since May and now it was time to ask Emil about the song and the movie again since we weren’t able to watch it until now and haven’t read anything about Marie’s song anywhere yet.

The demo version of “Kom vila hos mig” is what you can hear in the credits of the movie. Emil wrote us why he chose it:

“It’s a naked beautiful song of Marie Fredriksson and the tune written of Mikael Bolyos and it makes everyhing come together. I’m always happy to work with so genius musicians as Marie and Mikael.”

So, technically, when the movie was being shot, the song was still new. Right now, Emil is trying to make the movie available worldwide. Until now you can purchase the movie in Scandinavia only:

The film is right now released with the big company SF, SF anytime in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. (Se it on SF anytime, Telia, comhem, Xbox 360 app, bredbandsbolaget …) We hope to plan a world wide release later this year.

Thanks to Emil Jonsvik for the information!

 

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Marie Fredriksson writes music for a movie

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Photo of Marie by Pernilla Pettersson

You remember Marie Fredriksson‘s Sista sommarens vals video, don’t you? It was directed by Emil Jonsvik. Why am I mentioning this video now? It’s because today the director posted a photo of Marie on his Instagram profile saying that she is writing music for his new movie. It sounds quite exciting!

I’ve contacted Emil to ask some details about this project, but he kindly replied it’s a bit too early to share more info. He could only tell that Marie wrote 1 song for the movie and the film will represent Sweden in China at the beginning of November and it is planned to be premiered in Sweden early 2015 and after that worldwide.

Title of the movie is Krigarnas ö (The Name of The Game) and it’s a drama. Story:

On an idyllic archipelago island Peter will spend a few days together with his daughter Sandra in an attempt to catch up on lost times. They have barely met since the tragic suicide of his son five years earlier and Peter has been struggling to accept the loss of his own child. When on the island Sandra meets a group of youngsters who entice her with both friendship as well as romance but she soon finds herself deeply involved in a dangerous game, a game they call the Warrior. They give each other missions and dares that have to be completed in order to receive the desirable title – Warrior. Peter, who discovers what they are up to, cannot afford to lose Sandra but chooses to not bring this to the attention of the police and keeps it from friends and the daughter’s mother. When the daughter disappears deeper and deeper into the game he feels as if there is no other choice than to strike back and join their game with dire consequences to follow. Peter is determined – he will come home with his daughter and is prepared to go far for the one that he loves the most.

Here you can watch the trailer to the movie. Looking very much forward to the film and hearing that one song of Marie!

Our earlier interview with Emil about the shooting of Sista sommarens vals you can read here.

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Small Apartments OST’s SOON becomes NOW

Have you ever thought that the day of ”soon” will one day become ”now”? Per informs on Facebook that the Small Apartments soundtrack album is finally having a digital release (Spotify + iTunes, etc.) on 18th March, the CD will be out here and there – whatever it means – on 27th March. Exclusive, numbered and signed double-LP is out on 17th April (sort of). The record will be coloured for sure, but Per says he still has to decide which colour to use. However, we think he – of course – has a colour in his mind already. Well, green would definitely fit the sleeve, mainly Matt Lucas’s clogs. TDR says there will most probably be appr. 300-400 vinyls.

Here you have pages of the booklet. Unfortunately, there are too many pics from the movie (which is of course understandable) and too few pics (1) of the musicians. However, good to know that you can check so many websites and social media sites where Mr. Party Pleaser provides you with spiritual guidance.

 

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Small Apartments: Getting there…

When I’m thinking about how a sleeve of a Per Gessle album would look like, an almost naked Matt Lucas is maybe the last thing I’m visualizing. Well, the album is the soundtrack of Jonas Åkerlund’s movie, Small Apartments, in which the outfit we can see most often is the one you can see on the sleeve. So it’s quite evident to have Mr. Lucas like this on the cover.

 

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The Daily Roxette listed the tracks on the album:

1.   Franklin’s Intro (0.56)
2.   I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) -Instrumental- (2.03)
3.   Drizzle #1 (2.02)
4.   Shopping With Mother (2.36)
5.   Franklin’s Theme #1 (1.39)
6.   He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (4.18)
7.   Burned Out Heart –Instrumental- (3.37)
8.   Are You An Old Hippie, Sir? –Instrumental- (1.49)
9.   Making Love Or Expecting Rain #1 –Instrumental- (2.46)
10. Waltz For Woody (1.03)
11. Drizzle #2 (2.02)
12. C’mon (2.59)
13. Warm. Again. (4.27)
14. Drizzle #3 (2.02)
15. Drizzle #4 (0.56)
16. Week With Four Thursdays (1.54)
17. Dixy -Instrumental- (3.06)
18. Making Love Or Expecting Rain #2 –Instrumental- (4.03)
19. Double-Headed Elvis -Instrumental- (1.31)
20. Franklin’s Main Theme (6.43)
21. I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) (2.09)

 

As you can see, the list is different vs. the one you can see at the end of the movie. It excludes eg. Something in the System, Speedboat to Cuba, Late, Later on and Something Happened Today or maybe they are called Drizzle #x on the album. The songs in bold were not included in the list that appears at the end of the movie, but Per’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother cover can be heard on the radio, when Matt Lucas is driving the car. Unfortunately, Matt is singing along with Per, so the song itself we can enjoy when the soundtrack album is finally out. When? Aha…. ”Soon” seems to be a neverending period of time…

 

 

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Small Apartments – Behind the scenes with Per Gessle

Jonas Åkerlund shared 3 behind the scenes videos on his website. All 3 videos are full of Gessle vibes. 🙂 The longest – titled as Behind the Scenes – contains a 1-minute-long part with Per Gessle (judging from his hairdo and the shirt he is wearing, this scene was probably shot in February 2012, in Melbourne, Australia). At about 14:26 you can listen to a snippet from Mr. G’s cover version of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (a pity that Matt Lucas is singing over…). Right after this part Jonas is talking about Per:

 

He has such a strong sense of melody and … have a weird combination of melancholy and happiness.

 

Per himself says:

 

I’m really honoured to be part of this.

 

The other 2 videos are shorter, but Gessle sound is in there, too. One is with Peter Stormare (A Swedish Haiku), the other is with Johnny Knoxville (How to Build a Gravity Bong).

 

Music by PG

 

 

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“Small Apartments” is on its way to Europe

Small Apartments official Facebook page informed that the movie is coming to UK Cinemas on March 22 2013. In reply to the question if the movie will also be available in other European countries they say:

 

We will have a conversation with Sony about other territories in about 10 days time about other theaters.

 

As we’ve already informed you about it, US cinema premiere of the movie was at the beginning of February (reaching a limited audience), US DVD release date is 19th February. IMDb informs about the following release dates:

  • Italy: 5th March (DVD premiere)
  • Germany: 1st April (DVD premiere)
  • UK: 1st April (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden: 8th May (DVD premiere)
  • Australia: 12th September

 

Here are the list of all songs written by Per Gessle and used in the film – more or less different vs. the original version of them:
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Franklin’s Intro [new]
– I Have a Party in My Head (I Hope It Never Ends)
Drizzle [new]
Franklin’s Theme [new]
– Shopping with Mother
– Burned out Heart
– Are You an Old Hippie, Sir?
– Making Love or Expecting Rain
– Waltz for Woody
– C’mon
– Week with Four Thursdays
– Something in the System
Warm. Again. [new, English version of ‘Varmt igen’]
– Speedboat to Cuba
– Late, Later on
– Something Happened Today
– Double-headed Elvis

We assume one of the the new songs is a renamed “Kurt – The Fastest Plumber in the West” tune. The soundtrack should also include 7 additional songs, including one performed by Per Gessle – a cover of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Big thank you to Alejandro Lerin for sharing this news.

According to The Daily Roxette, “Dixi” is also included in the project and the soundtrack will be available on Elevator Entertainment vinyl, CD and digital download.

 

Hopefully, Per Gessle’s “soon” he wrote on 13th February on Facebook – regarding when the soundtrack is out – is much sooner than his “very soon” he mentioned in December, 2012. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

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A schedule of what to expect in 2013

 

Who would have thought that after the past busy years 2013 will also be full of happenings? Here is a list of what’s coming. 🙂

 

  • January: Gyllene Tider tour is announced, tickets are on sale (5th July, Halmstad is already sold out, but there is an extra Halmstad gig on 7th August /tickets for this latter one are available from 9 am CET, 31st January/)

 

 

  • March: Roxette ”It All Begins Where It Ends” documentary and ”Travelling The World – Roxette Live 2012” DVD / BluRay release (exact date is still unknown)

 

  • April:
  1. Roxette concert in Switzerland on 6th April – the one & only Roxette gig this year (at least so far)
  2. Gyllene Tider: Dags att tänka på refrängen – album release (release date varies at different online music stores); a compilation album called “Soldans på din grammofon” will also be released, but we have no info about any date yet

 

  • May: Marie’s birthday (I couldn’t leave this month blank) 😉

 

  • June: all GT tour participants are being prepared for juli och augusti 😉

 

 

 

  • September: or better said ”after summer”, as no exact date is given yet: Sven Lindström’s Roxette biography is out. As Sven informed The Daily Roxette, the book will be available in English.

 

  • October: ?

 

  • November: ?

 

  • December: Xmas (at least for lots of us) 😉

 

We hope to fill in the gaps with some Marie Fredriksson, alias Ms Effe 😉 projects as well. We’ll keep you informed about any news.

 

 

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Small Apartments – director’s cut trailer

We could already see the official trailer of Small Apartments, but now a director cut trailer is also available on Jonas Åkerlund‘s website. You can get more of the familiar Per Gessle SOAP vibes from this version.

As we already informed you, release date of the DVD is 19th February. Soundtrack: out “very soon” 😉 – still no info about an exact date.

 

 

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Small Apartments trailer

A “Small Apartments” related happening a day keeps the doctor away. The movie’s bizarre trailer premiered on Entertainment Weekly today. Click here or watch the embedded video below and enjoy. Can you hear any familiar vibes in the background? 🙂

 

 

Basia Konarzewska contributed to the article.

 

 

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Small Apartments release date

According to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s press release, 11 months after its official premiere on the SXSW Film Festival in Texas, Jonas Åkerlund’s “Small Apartments” movie – for which Mr. Gessle has done the soundtrack based on the Son of a Plumber vibe – will finally be out in February, 2013. It will reach a limited audience, though, as it will appear in theaters in selected markets beginning 8th February via Tugg.com. Here you can check how tugg.com works.

The 97-minute-long movie will also be available on DVD from 19th February. DVD will include 2 bonus materials: “How To Build A Gravity Bong” & “Small Apartments: Behind The Scenes”. As Amazon.com informs, it will be a Region 1 DVD (US and Canada only). Language: English; subtitles: English, French, Spanish; dubbed: French. DVD can already be pre-ordered.*

What about the soundtrack? Good question. Will it ever be (physically) released? Hope we get some news on that soon.**

 

*According to Amazon.de, the DVD will be available for other regions, too, with the following subtitles: Italian, English, Arabic, French, Greek, Hindi, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, German. (Thanks for the info, Daniel Kühn.)

**According to The Daily Roxette: “The soundtrack to Small Apartments will be released on EMI Parlophone and “very soon” according to the writer of the music. There’s also whispers about vinyl…”

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“Small Apartments” at SXSW – interviews with cast


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Poster for “Small Apartments” movie is out

Thanks to Patrícia Peres for sharing.

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“Small Apartments” opens on SXSW Film Festival

SXSW Film website informs that Jonas Åkerlund’s second full-length production called “Small Apartments” will have its world premiere on the festival in Austin, Texas, US between March 9-17, 2012.

Small Apartments (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund

When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him.
Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan

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Per Gessle writes soundtrack for new Jonas Åkerlund film

Per Gessle has just confirmed what we already suspected in November: that the soundtrack he was working on is indeed for “Small Apartments”, the new film by Jonas Åkerlund. Per has just written the following on Facebook:

Yes Box Alright! I’ve done the soundtrack, based on the Son of a Plumber vibe, for Jonas Åkerlund’s new movie “Small Apartments”. The music has been recorded at the AGM Studio and as expected the mighty Mr Lundquist & Mr Ofwerman have been the cornerstones. The film? Well, it’s a “dark comedy” (based on the S.A. novel) starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan and Peter Stormare in the leading parts. And yes, it’s a wonderful movie. And yes, there will be a soundtrack. And yes, we have to release it on vinyl as well. I’m really proud to be part of this. Cheers, P. PS. Jonas is God.

So if we didn’t have enough with Tourism 2 (or 2rism or 2Rism or however it will be called) and the tour.. there is even more for our ears this year.

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