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Ernesto's ground-breaking album A New Blues is just that, a 10 track introduction to a new way of recording and performing an infectious and highly contemporary form of blues, a new blues made by a daringly eclectic, boundary-defying young music maker who prefers to record his music without a net.

About the Artist

Ernesto is 24 year old soulful singer and music maker Jonatan Bäckelie from Gothenburg, now based in Birmingham, UK.

Most recently Ernesto has been seen touring Europe and Japan with Compost Records nu jazz/broken beat pioneers Beanfield, collaborating with Swell Session (Freerange Records) and in action with Plej (pronounced 'play') from whose debut album Electronic Music from the Swedish Left Coast has been has been an underground word of mouth smash in European electronica circles. Plej's music featuring Ernesto's vocals has also been heard on the prime time TV series Six Feet Under and on Jaguar car commercials in the US.

Not content with this hectic schedule Ernesto has also been busily working away in his own studio and has now completed a most extraordinary and unexpected album. Presented to Exceptional Records as a finished album, Jonatan had previously hinted at its contents only by saying it was something he had been working on in between his many other projects. The album has turned out to be a jaw-dropping, genre-bending world away from the Beanfield/Plej/Swell Session musical axis and is a journey into a 21st century melting pot where the main ingredient was unpredictably blues but mixed with a measure of electronica and a good pinch of songwriting finesse.

Ernesto's background has been a tour across musical boundaries. Brought up by a traveling preacher father, church music was his first port of call. In fifth grade rave music got into his soul, but it was the subsequent discovery of break beat and techno which was to be the defining moment and dominant influence on his music . Eighth grade brought with it a synthesizer and a computer fast enough to serve as a music machine. Then came college, a graduation to jazz and the arrival of the new household god of Chet Baker. Some time later a new sampler arrived and a studio started to take shape. Then his girlfriend, Mimi, who communed with the Latin rhythms of Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto and Elis Regina, led him astray. And then came the blues....

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Exceptional
  • ASIN: B0008KLVNW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,151,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Truly groundbreaking music is rare. It is often the result of the melding of the best of different styles. This is one of those albums. It's a bit ahead of its time which may keep some of the masses from truly appreciating it.

My favorite track on this album is "Socialist". The lyrics seem to be tongue-in-cheek but also make a strong statement. The music is equally compelling & irrestibly danceable. "How Long I've Loved You" and "Blame It On Your Melody" are also great tracks. The other tracks are good, though a few get gratuitously electronic in parts.

Overall I'm very impressed with Ernesto's work!
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