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Italians Do It Better (the Johnny Jewel record label)

Discussion in 'music' started by windhoek, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    I've just recently discovered and become absolutely hooked on Windswept by Johnny Jewel (the title track as well as the full album) as the music and production value are right up there imo (I think Johnny Jewel must have one of the best sounding synthesiser rigs out there!). Technically speaking, I first heard the track Windswept a couple of years ago as it featured in Twin Peaks: The Return, along with a number of other tracks by artists on his label; indeed, his label seems to be one of the go-to labels for modest-top budget independent films (Ryan Gosling's Drive, for example).

    Anyway, Wikipedia describes the music associated with the label as contributing to electro/synth pop, post punk and Italo disco. The label offers CDs, LPs and downloads. Sadly, Windswept is OOP on vinyl and used copies are going for £35 plus so I'll hold out for a reissue. But the good news is that every album on the label is a dollar a whip to buy as a WAV or MP3 download!

    Fwiw, a lot of Johnny Jewel's music leans towards synth soundscapes as much as pop, probably a lot more so, and apparently, Johnny is a hands-on producer who definitely influences the end-sound of the artists on his label. Make no mistake, the guy is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and I approve of his hands-on approach.

    Click here to visit the website and click play below to enjoy Windswept :)

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  2. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Big fan, got quite a few records from Desire, Symmetry and Chromatics along with the After Dark records.

    Themes for an Imaginary Film is my favorite, really recommend getting that!

    Lost River & Drive (Kavinsky etc) soundtracks are superb too.

    On the Synthwave/Synthpop genre, some of my other favorites are Electric Youth, The Midnight and Gunship.

    EDIT - and also forgot College with Teenage Colour, Heritage and Secret Diary are great, not really got into Shanghai yet.
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  3. guey

    guey pfm Member

    I'd also recommend the Jorja Chalmers albums, particularly the first, Human Again - very Lynch/Badalamenti.
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  4. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    I've been listening to the 30-second samples of Johnny Jewel's other albums and have just bought Vapor as a WAV download. As with Windswept, the synth sounds are just mesmerising and of the highest quality, musically and sonically - demo material if ever there was! And to think all the albums are only 74 pence each? Bargain of the century!
    Once I've worked out which Johnny Jewel albums I'll be buying I'll work my way through the other artists on the label and no doubt, I'll end up with a good handful of high-quality downloads, as well as vinyl where available.


    I meant to say wrt Windswept, it totally feels like you're in Twin Peaks universe when you close your eyes and crank up the volume. Just dreamy, dreamy, dreamy...
  5. guey

    guey pfm Member

    I'm just downloading Vapour, Digital Ice, and Themes For Television by Johnny Jewel.
    Three 24 bit wav downloads for, *checks paypal* £2.22 - ridiculous bargain.

    Cheers to windhoek for the heads up.
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  6. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Have the After Dark on 3xLP...unopened. Oops.
  7. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    I've now bought Digital Rain and Themes For Television by Johnny Jewel in addition to Windswept and Vapor. I also bought this Twins Peaks: The Return Original Soundtrack on CD (at ebay) last night as it was only ever released on CD and vinyl, and the vinyl is OOP and out of my mental budget. Oh, I also bought Windswept on vinyl from Discogs yesterday too. If it sounds better than the WAV download then me and my neighbours are in for a treat!
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  8. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    There's only one Johnny Jewel:

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