In the heart of Stockholm’s southern suburbs lies Västertorp, the namesake and inspiration behind JFL’s latest EP. Västertorp also stands on the outskirts of Scandinavian soul music, fusing diverse influences into a harmonious whole.
Need You Around kicks off the five-track odyssey, immediately captivating with its catchy chorus hook. Except for the saxophone here, all instruments were written, produced, and played by JFL. JFL’s (Johan Lindgren) vocal prowess shines, delivering lyrics that plead for support and guidance, akin to a soulful gospel ode. There’s a passionate dynamism in his voice that always makes me smile, and the effervescent background choir, featuring Marlene and Diza Guava, adds a layer of uplifting energy.
Gospel influences also permeate the compelling A Sign to Believe, blending seamlessly elements of American soul and classic rock. The arrangement, designed for a room-filling experience, showcases JFL’s versatility in crafting a sound that resonates on a grand scale.
Equally grand listening is the track – Up For Days. Its infectious energy is perfectly complemented by a truly calming outro.
Lost Ones unveils a deep and catchy bassline, serving as an emotive canvas for JFL’s poignant lyrics. The smooth, soothing melody creates a dreamlike quality that is endlessly entrancing. With it’s fragrance of reggae I could spin this track endlessly like a planet!
The EP’s conclusion, The Light, radiates tenderness and love. JFL’s musicianship reaches new heights, with beautifully played piano chords and a dynamic choir accompaniment. Emotion-laden lyrics and a captivating melody guide the listener on a beautiful journey filled with peace and hope.
In its entirety, JFL’s Västertorp EP offers an immersive listening experience that doesn’t break convention and instead creates a beauty within. Despite being a hidden gem, JFL’s musical prowess deserves global recognition.
Take a visit to Västertorp—it’s not what you think, but it’s everything we enjoy in Scandinavian soul music.
Västertorp EP - JFL
The Västertorp EP by JFL offers a soulful journey that fuses influences seamlessly. A hidden gem waiting to be discovered.