Headphones

by Johann Kristinsson

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Artist page : www.facebook.com/pages/J%C3%B3hann-Kristinsson/44222164296

Headphones is the name of Jóhann's third album. It was mostly recorded in his basement but also in various different places, such as Studio Syrland in Iceland, and at a Medieval Castle in Denmark, called Engelsholm Slot.

It has been three years since the release of his last album, Tropical Sunday. Jóhann's earlier work was released quite quickly after being made, without hesitation. However while making Headphones he wanted to spend more time working on his new creation, by throwing away more material during the recording process, and spending more time making different song edits and arrangements. Hence, during this process, various versions of Headphones have been ready for the past year and a half.

Headphones is a personal Indie/Folk record with an electric vibe. The first single "No Need to Hesitate" has already gotten quite a lot of airplay and was picked as one of the best songs of 2012 by various Icelandic music blogs. Headphones will be released in a limited edition of 200, numbered copies.

Cover art: Þórir Örn Sigvaldason

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released May 15, 2013

Track #8 co-written with Anna Bell and Danny Malone, All songs recorded and mixed by Jóhann Kristinsson except tracks #1 and #5 which he recorded and mixed with Bjarni Egill Ögmundsson. Electric guitar on tracks #3 and #9, played by Jón Þór Ólafsson. Drums on track #5, played by Bjarni Egill Ögmundsson. Cello on track #5, played by Þórður Hermannsson. Everything else, played by Jóhann. Artwork by Þórir Örn Sigvaldason. Cover edited by Jóhann Leó Linduson-Birgisson. Mastered by Finnur Hákonarson.

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Track Name: Battleship
Did I wake you up? I tried to slink in through the door, these hills are steep enough. Climbing rocks has worn me out. Fly me from this battleship and turn it upside down. All those nameless folks are sinking faster than they swim. Do I have to crawl? I've bowed my head too many times before, we have to wait. It's coming fast, I feel it so now fly me from this battleship and turn it upside down. All those nameless folks are sinking faster than they swim. Fly me from this battleship and turn it upside down, all those nameless folks are sinking faster than they swim.
Track Name: Darkness is Peaking
Darkness is peaking, I'm tired of snow. I wait for the brightness to show. We turn heads away from each other, somehow, together we stand alone. You might be listening to this song, I doubt it's close to be true. There's something wrong inside of me, you know. These films will be captured and kept in safe places, we need to be certain of that. And pick the right plants to take care of instead and water them till we die. I'm tired of living alone like this with the silence freaking me out. I try phonecalls to explain myself about it.
Track Name: Traps
I'm getting tired of all these traps you lay for me, I've had enough of filth from this ghost town for now and I don't want to know. Is this war? Is there anything I did. All the things we had got lost overnight. I don't want to step on anyones shoes, do you think you were being used? I hope that you'll be happier when I'm gone. There's a window but I think it is closed oh you're gnawing at my bones. I try to find a way out of here. For some time, I have tried, to rely, on my own, little lies, it's a way to cope with all the changes. We have plenty of space, of tape, of time. We use it every day and maybe it's a waste. I don't want to be a smothering man, I'll do anything I can to sink a little deeper into myself. Take a moment to get over yourself and your precious little life, the trail of being lonely steps aside.
Track Name: Typewriter
I never knew that you could do so much with feelings when you found out you've shut off. There's no one there beside you and you think you will be able to make it through this evening, but you're lying to yourself, sitting on the sidewalk, passing out. You get the feeling that there's someone out there messing with your mind and you want it all to stop. But you can't quite figure out how you can make it work. There are so many visions in my head right now. It's time to wander off, just let yourself start dreaming. Off you go. Typewriter, you're never going to leave me alone, so I'm trying on my own when I'm forcing my fingers down. Cloud surfer, the whole world's spinning around, whistle blowing in the sky when you're trying to contact me. Feeling my eyelids and both feet, head faced down. I try to keep my consciousness, passing out. Typewriter, you're never going to leave me alone, so I'm trying on my own when I'm forcing my fingers down. Cloud surfer, the whole world's spinning around, whistle blowing in the sky when you're trying to contact me.
Track Name: No Need to Hesitate
I want to thank you for the sins that you gave to me, I want to thank you, I want to thank you. It can be tragic but I know just what I'm looking for but do you know where I can find it? Soon I'll run away from home, that's what I'm hoping for. I just don't know how I will do it. It's just another way to let myself away from you. I hope it works. I hope it works. No need to hesitate, you've got your power. No need to hesitate you're here to roam. In our enormous ways to be intrusive. It's just a sign that all the magic is gone. Should I believe it now, is it any different from before when we needed luck, do you know? No need to hesitate, you've got your power. No need to hesitate, you're here to roam. In our enormous ways to be intrusive, it's just a sign that all the magic is gone.
Track Name: Foggy Vision
This foggy vision overtakes what I'm fleeing but it's creeping back. Tie me up and hold me down. You can't undo relationships gone bad. You can't undo relationships gone bad. I can't believe I'm already lost in time. Will you leave me alone, will you give me another try? Can you hear my lifeline, it's peeping still and if you find me, would you put it out? Close my mouth. Control me now. Was it time to leave, was it time to let me go? Do you feel relieved with your breath of fresher air. We're moving on and we're building a better life. Will you give me a hand if we're doing it on quicksand? Suddenly all is gone.
Track Name: Something Else
I don't want to stand in your old shoes, I seem to be following you. Just tell me if you want me to back down and leave me on the floor where I lay. The feeling of another day gone by, everything is always the same. I wanted to belong to something else, I wanted to belong to something new. My hands, reach out, your hands, reach out. I wanted to belong to something else, I wanted to belong to something new. Too far, apart, the pond, between us, my hands, reach out, your hands, reach out.
Track Name: Rocky Shores
I'm tired of these rocky shores. You better brave these waters alone. I'm pretty sure I'm bored. It's starting to feel too much like home. Yes I'm deserting you. You only begged me to so I'm not trying anymore. Just leave me with the fog and the foam in the form of a storm. it's starting to feel too much like home. I know it's hurting you but you are the wrecking crew taking us down. I'm tired of these rocky shores. It's starting to feel too much like home. I'm just not trying anymore. You're starting too much like home.
Track Name: Put Me to Sleep
Burn all my pictures, put me to sleep. Forgive the world for the lives that we keep. Turn me around if you want to see more of what has just happened to me. We travel too fast without knowing our path. Shrinking and starving and holding our breath. Strings of uncertainty wrapping around my brain in a confusing way. I don't know where to begin I don't know. The strongest form of gravity, between you and me. There's nothing left around for you here.