Tona Serenad Records


Directorsound – Into The Night Blue

Artist: Directorsound
Title: Into The Night Blue
Catalogue number: TS16/YAIP-6040
Release date: 2015-06-26
Format: CD

Only available in Japan via Yacca/Inpartmaint.

1. Once Upon An Ocean
2. Barracuda
3. Orchid Blue
4. Whispers in the Dark
5. Umbrellas of Beckholmen
6. I. Winter with Veronika
   II. Spring with Veronica
   III. Summer with Veronica
   IV. Autumn with Veronica
7. Into the Night Blue
8. On a Boat to the Moon

Sverige – Rymden

Artist: Sverige
Title: Rymden
Catalogue number: TS15
Release date: 2015-07-08
Format: 7"

Let's take a step away from the detailed picture at the kitchen table that Sverige painted so well for us. We're going out, through the window. To outer space. But we are not losing focus.

We're going on a journey to the endless universe, where loneliness can feel just as intense as is does down here on earth, where Sverige is dreaming about something new: what if outer space is as big as they say? Then that's where you would find the best hiding place, right?

You could just hum along to the far away echoes of everyday's symphony, painting the most beautiful panorama, using the stars to color, brightly shining all the way back to the solitary kitchen table.

Limited edition of 250 copies.

A1. Följa med
A2. Stjärnor
B1. Gömstället
B2. Känn Min Fina Stil

Joe Davolaz – Cha Cha André

Artist: Joe Davolaz
Title: Cha Cha André
Catalogue number: TS14
Release date: 2015-10-21
Format: 7" 45 rpm

Once again, it’s time to let the toe-tickling, tropical sounds of the Stockholm-based Joe Davolaz enchant us...

The first number, ”CHA CHA ANDRÉ”, is a catchy little cha-cha ditty that features vocals by Kumisolo. Her voice elegantly mingles with the orchestra, as the imaginative percussions are carried along by an energetic flute, and a sticky synthesizer plays around with a steel guitar, at once gay and melancholic. An air of romance builds, before the song breaks loose and turns into a wild, completely untamed bossa.

The second number, ”PLAYA ROYALE”, is a more sultry one. Full of energy and throbbing with life, it lets you imagine a walk on the beach after a drink or two, juggling coconuts, hot sand under your feet, getting carried by the summer wind as the seductive (slightly unhinged) French whispers from the orchestra’s own Oskar Carls sweeps you away, enveloping you in a soft blanket of peace.

Limited edition of 299 copies.

A1. Cha Cha André (vocals Kumisolo)
B1. Playa Royala (vocals Oskar Carls)

Domotic - Le Démon Des Hautes Plaines

Artist: Domotic
Title: Le Démon Des Hautes Plaines
Catalogue number: TS13 / CLAP047 
Release date: 2015-06-11
Format: 12" 45 rpm

The Demon of Domotic: the ambient of the decor

Devil from high plains: Domotic’s hazy adventures

This is a film score: an instrumental series presented in themes, punctuated with echoes and variations, short sequences and choruses. This is the music composed by Stéphane Laporte for the movie directed by his friend, Tom Gagnaire who two years ago decided to direct in a very short time and with very little means, in a remote part of the Haut Languedoc, « a regionalist and post new-wave western ». A homemade film shot in the countryside, with the phantoms of Raoul Walsh and Eugène Green, where the sheriffs have lost their faith and where white nymphs haunt the cascades.

Recorded just before filming, in a very spontaneous, almost anarchic way the music was also made at home; at his parents’ house where the musician still has a bedroom, full of old instruments waiting to be used: an acoustic toy-guitar offered to him in the eighties by the works council of the candy maker Haribo where his father used to work, an old and out of tune valiha collected in the garage of neighbouring friends, a dusty drum kit, enough solitude and isolation to amplify - track after track, depending on the takes and intentions -, the song of this friendly movie that hasn’t been shot yet but promises to play with a few aesthetic primal emotions when filming the cowboys and the great landscape.

From the undergrowth, or by a night campfire, the music that we hear is a mixture of warm sounds and metallic resonances, harmonious choruses and dissonances: with some languid grandiloquence in the extended sounds of the Rhodes and the Philicorda organ, in these voices that multiply in the reverb and stretch out with the amble of a floydian drumsound circa Obscured by Clouds and with the domestic simplicity of a few motifs, in the spirit of Brian Eno’ and Aphex Twin’s melodic ambient. Fourteen musical sequences that are presented with literality: after the shiny « Une Détente » and the celestial « Entrainement du shériff et de son adjoint », « Un bandit de la pire espèce » brings an offbeat almost parodic Morricone touch. The story is told slowly with the magical extravagance of dreams, the music accompanies the drama only by assuming this sort of emotionless passion particular to the Greek choruses of the ancient tragedies, commenting on an unreal and remote action that the music simply contemplates.

The cinematic setting of Tom Gagnaire’s project provides a new alibi to his creative discretion: a guy by the campfire, that nobody notices, but whose music, by subtle graduation, transfigures the scene. In the vibrations of the air, his unobtrusive monody acts imperceptibly on the characters, and deep in the night, it builds the links of a silent community. This is how his Devil reaches for the sublime: by blending in the decor.

Limited edition of 300 copies.

A1. Le Démon (thème)
A2. À La Poursuite de Ringo
A3. Un Bandit de la Pire Espèce
A4. Le Démon (rhodes)
A5. Une Bien Courte Promenade
A6. Un Homme Grand, Droit, Sec
A7. Monologue, B1. Apaisement
B2. Meurtre d'un Pêcheur
B3. Rituel Dans Les Cascades
B4. Le Démon (rappel)
B5. Errance Nocturne
B6. Entrainement du Sheriff et De Son Adjoint
B7. Une Détente

Sverige - Anna

Artist: Sverige
Title: Anna
Catalogue number: TS12
Release date: 2014-10-16
Format: 7" 45 rpm

Cold winds are blowing through Sweden. Days are long. Nights, even longer. The wealthy are growing wealthier, while the poor are growing in numbers, if nothing else.

A true throwback to social realism, Sverige's debut single, Anna, is a meditation on today's political climate, told through stories of being without anything or anyone, of the increasing gap between the haves and the have nots, and of broken promises. Masked as an outstanding piece of pop music, this colorful portrait, painted with thick strokes, mixed with thin, precise lines, blending together as a landscape, shows us yesterday’s future in a dream of a better tomorrow.

Limited edition of 250 copies.

A1. Anna
B1. Pappa

Joe Davolaz – Piña Colada

Artist: Joe Davolaz
Title: Piña Colada
Catalogue number: TS11
Release date: 2014-07-04 
Format: 5" 33 1/3 rpm flexi disc

Imagine a warm breeze moving through a groovy beat. Add a woozy synthesizer, moving the theme along with purpose. Round that out with a melody organ and a slide guitar to really take it over the top. Now, just as you think you have all you need, a beautiful saxophone solo kicks in. Follow that up with a whispering vocal theme, twisting and turning and prancing around. Sounds pretty great, right?

Well, that’s what this is! This whimsical and punchy tune is the debut single from Joe Davolaz, the tropical, Stockholm-based orchestra. They are the musical core of a new generation of innovative creators and this is one of the smoothest and most danceable tunes you’ve listened to in a long time.

Limited edition of 500 copies.

1. Piña Colada

Matti Bye - Bethanien

Artist: Matti Bye
Title: Bethanien
Catalogue number: TS10
Release date: 2013-12-06 
Format: 12" 33 1/3 rpm

It began in 2010. If you were anywhere near Oranienstraße, you may have heard it as it traveled through the hallways of a Kreuzberg artist residence once used as a hospital, as it passed you by and continued across the canal, along the piers. The sound of Matti Bye carefully pressing the keys of an old grand piano. Its singing tones taking flight for all of Kreuzberg to hear. Illuminated by the stars of a clear winter sky. Illuminated by the beams of a scorching summer sun. Kreuzberg wasn't always like this.

In 1847, Kreuzberg's Bethanien hospital opened its doors to the public. If you didn't know better, you may have gone there for medical treatment. If you didn't know better, that is. Most did. If the sight of the makeshift, outdoor operating tables didn't change your mind, maybe a perfectly rational fear of infection did. If you still, despite even the notion of contracting some new disease, chose to enter, being denied treatment was still a possible out. Not because you weren't in need, but rather to teach you a lesson. A lesson of patience. Bethanien hospital was not one of repute.

In an otherwise war-torn Berlin, Bethanien was somehow spared. This, however, did little to improve its reputation. By the 1970s, the hospital yard had been taken over by squatters. The hospital itself was no longer in use and, in time, it developed into an artist residence.

It ended in 2013. Finally, the sound of Matti Bye playing his grand piano was captured. Gently accompanied by layers of shimmering, soaring soundscapes. Produced and tastefully engineered in the Wiener Futurismo studio by Joel Danell. The result is soulful, haunting and melodic. Matti Bye's Bethanien takes you, the listener, on a lyrical journey into the world of dreams and illusions.

Limited edition of 350 copies.

A1. The Piano Ship
A2. Pyramiden
A3. Cutting a Sunbeam
A4. Bethanien
A5. Eikern
A6. Sternkarten
B1. Across The Sun
B2. Brought Into Light
B3. This Forgotten Land
B4. Ende

Dorian Pimpernel - Teorema

Artist: Dorian Pimpernel
Title: Teorema
Catalogue number: TS09
Release date: 2013-03-05
Format: 7" 45 rpm

No matter what the thought of the Moon often exudes, its silent rhythm keeps haunting the most majestic forms of music. Edouard–Léon Scott experimented with this peculiarity in 1860, as a sound was captured for the first time. The machine was able to record, but not restore, it. A sonic ghost was held captive in the cylindrical cage—a female voice singing the melody of ”Au Clair de la Lune.”

In its pale murmur, the Moon resembles the incommunicable parts of music—words of loneliness, yet fragile and profound. As it breaks in with such precision, the world is obliged to keep watch at night, and the day slips away into nothingness. Here, appearances waver and the Infinite retreats. As for what’s left behind—that, you’ll never know. But everything is on its way. You can’t listen to Dorian Pimpernel without remembering this.

Limited edition of 300 copies.

A1. Teorema
B1. The Mechanical Eardrum

Molnbär av John - Thundersketches

Artist: Molnbär av John
Title: Thundersketches
Catalogue number: TS08
Release date: 2012-02-06
Format: 7" 45 rpm

This is Thundersketches. It is a showcase of the groundwork and the sketches used for Thunderclown, the crackly, croony affair between Scottish indie crooner Momus and Swedish vinyl charmer John Henriksson.
The sketches are as scribbles in a notepad, where the letters at first follow the lines on the paper, then float in different directions, crashing into and pulling away from each other, before finally reaching the paper's edge, just short of falling off the page.

Built from a thoughtfully curated selection of sounds – a piano, a singing saw, harps and strings and a dusty needle – sampled from vinyls rescued from thrift store anonymity, pieced together from various places in time and space, only to see them let loose as a cloud of fluttering insects, intermingled and given new life as organic, romantic compositions, where the needle skipping and scratching the record forms drawings beside the letters in the notepad and then again erases them.

Limited edition of 250 copies.

A1. Aujourd'hui il fait beau
A2. The Thundersketch
A3. The Criminal Sketch, B1. Willow Sketch
B2. The Teacher Sketch
B3. Gibbous Groove

Momus & John Henriksson - Thunderclown

Artist: Momus & John Henriksson
Title: Thunderclown
Catalogue number: TS07
Release date: 2012-02-06
Format: 12" 33 1/3 rpm

When Stockholm vinyl charmer John Henriksson heard the crackly, croony Charm Song from the 2010 Momus album Hypnoprism he recognized a kindred spirit, for the Swede and the Scot both value intimate, lucid and serenely sexy tones. John is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan and believes that "moonlight and love songs are never out of date". Momus is equally romantic, but adds something darker. The collaboration began with John sampling obscure vinyl 45s from his collection then gathering Swedish and French musician friends to add live sax, organ, celesta, lapsteel, marimba and vibraphonette, breathing new life into these museum pieces. The compositions were then sent to Momus, who altered pitch, key and structure and crooned new songs over them. We could talk about the current interest in what Simon Reynolds calls Retromania, or cite the slogan "Modernity is our antiquity", but basically this is a deeply-felt album in which Japan-based Momus -- slowed down by John's sedate and haunting backings -- expresses more loneliness and self-doubt than we've heard before, and might even be channeling Swedish John's own recent history of heartbreak in the city of Paris. This is why a record recorded by two men -- posing as one composite "thunderclown" -- lists three cities as its place of birth: Paris, Stockholm and Osaka.

Limited edition of 350 copies.

A1. Love Wakes The Devil
A2. The Thunderclown
A3. Willow Pattern
A4. Precocious Young Miss Calloway
A5. The Criminal
A6. How I Met Your Mother
B1. Baloney Polonius
B2. The Teacher
B4. Futura Bold
B5. We Don't Have To Make Children
B6. Shangri-La
B7. Gibbous Moon

Momus - The Thunderclown

Artist: Momus
Title: The Thunderclown
Catalogue number: TS06
Release date: 2011-06-14 
Format: 10" 33 1/3 rpm

Believe it or not, The Thunderclown is the first time a Momus related piece has been cut on wax since '93. Could it be that John Henriksson's hazy, yet meticulous collages, which serve as the album's instrumental parts, were made out of threadbare, crackling sound materials recorded from 7-inches found in thrift stores in his native Sweden? Regardless,  the haunting and haunted atmosphere conveyed by the signature pops and crackles of the weary, mighty vinyl provides Momus with the ideal aesthetic counterpart to his current interests in retro modernism ("Modernity is our antiquity", says the Documenta slogan) and the figure of the Thunderclown, an unsettling figure inspired by the clowns and fools who were all over the place in 1950s pop music. More prosaically, Henriksson's very, very slow tempos allured Momus to go the super emotional path, and that is great news for all the people out there who opine that he should have taken that path more often in his career. Mining and embracing cliched big ballads at the same time, this is Momus at this most sentimental, and at his most menacing, and it is a treat for both the heart and the ears.  

Limited edition of 350 copies.

A1. The Thunderclown
A2. Precocious Young Miss Calloway
B1. The Criminal
B2. Gibbous Moon

Directorsound - Two Years Today

Artist: Directorsound
Title: Two Years Today
Catalogue number: TS05
Release date: 2010-10-07 
Format: 12" 33 1⁄3 rpm & CD

Multi instrumentalist Nicholas Palmer has come along way since his critically acclaimed 2003 Geographic/Domino debut “Redemptive Strikes”. The 7 years that followed saw Palmer alternatively amass then disregard a wealth of recordings while retreating ever further into seclusion and his art. “Two Years Today” represents the fruits of these unheard yet prolific years, interwoven with the sounds of his native Dorset. Ever the romantic melodist, opening track “Somewhen by the Sea” invites the listener into Palmer's typically whimsical musical world.  Delicate piano and fluttering drums join the crashing waves of a Dorset beach before swerving off into a Hawaiian inflected, end of the pier jaunt.  As the album moves up river towards the centrepiece recreation of an inebriated afternoon at an English country fair courtesy of “Before The March / Strawberries and Steam”, throughout, the upbeat often manic compositions belie a thread of melancholia that comes more to the fore on the antique Dulcitone led tracks, “Dreams of Donnybrook” and "Around Twilight". Typically though the album's climactic title track swaggers back, bright eyed with quixotic optimism. 
At turns chaotic and yet somber, hopeful and resigned, ”Two Years Today” represents the very best moments from almost a decade of work from a truly iconic UK underground musician.

Limited edition of 500 copies.

1. Somewhen By The Sea / Balance The Balloon
2. Sirens In August / My Shaggy Parasol / When The Sun Sets Over The Yard Arm
3. Before The March / Strawberries And Steam
4. They Came Alive
5. Some Eve With An Apple
6. Dreams Of Donnybrook
7. Two Years Today
8. Around Twilight
9. Pork and Honey (CD bonus track)

Directorsound - Before The March

Artist: Directorsound
Title: Before The March
Catalogue number: TS04
Release date: 2010-10-07
Format: 7" 33 1⁄3 rpm

The third installment in Tona Serenad's series of 7 inch vinyls sees Nicholas Palmer and his musical moniker Directorsound showcasing through 3 pieces the paradoxical fairground joy and poignant melodicism of forthcoming album “Two Years Today”.  

Palmer's juggernaut of sound creates through meticulous overdubs a hand-sewn tapestry, shifting back and forth from ramshackle elation to tender introspection.   

Limited edition of 300 copies

A1. Before The March, A2. Dreams Of Donnybrook
B1. Pork And Honey

Anne Laplantine - Spring Won't Find Us

Artist: Anne Laplantine
Title: Spring Won't Find Us
Catalogue number: TS03
Release date: 2009-11-26
Format: 7" 33 1⁄3 rpm

Anne's music is characterized by her unique world of sounds. A world where the melodies, like raindrops in a digital nature, form a spectrum of colors, where delicate organic structures emerge and her voice carefully floats on top and creates a perspective of the landscape, where the compositions have a baroque feeling to them all the while she plays to her mistakes and limitations; the result is forever green pop music. 

This material was recorded in 2006, when Anne, after declaring Berlin was a retirement home, had decided to move back to Paris and (just like Marcel Duchamps gave up making art for chess) leave music making for the board game Go. However, once she got to Paris she discovered, despite her farewell to music, that she had composed the material that we are now releasing on the four track EP "Spring Won't Find Us", which is the second in the series of 7 inch vinyls on Tona Serenad.

Limited edition of 300 copies.

A1. Spring Won't Find Us
A2. The River
B1. Maybe
B2. You So Lonely

Molnbär av John - I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose

Artist: Molnbär av John
Title: I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose
Catalogue number: TS02 
Release date: 2009-11-03
Format: 7" 33 1⁄3 rpm

A small selection of the sample-based compositions John Henriksson has made for the last few years have now been put together to a twelve minute sound collage titled "I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose", which makes up the debut of the solo project he calls Molnbär av John.

"I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose" is made from chopped and screwed sounds, humorous compositions and romantic melodies, where the image of Audrey Hepburn singing Moon River on the stairs of the fire escape and the hip-hop idols from younger days passing by on the streets below is constantly recurring. Collages of melodies, voices and sound recordings are collected with precision and warmth, sounds from countless - long forgotten - crackling vinyl singles mixed with dictaphone recordings; all in true hip-hop tradition since the early teens. Back and forth, to and from the cassette tapes, new cloudy horizons are created by sounds, where the crackling of the record is hard to separate from the sound of the rain, which is mixed together with the hissing of the cassette tape, which is hard to separate from the sound of the wind.

Limited edition of 300 copies.

A1. I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose (1)
B1. I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose (2)

Musette - Datum

Artist: Musette
Title: Datum
Catalogue number: TS01
Release date: 2009-02-24
Format: CD

Patiently written down dates, noted with a piano and carefully collected on cassette tapes, one by one. An assiduous attempt to keep books of time, to sketch the events, the landscapes and neighborhoods with melodies and recordings of sound. For several years Joel Danell has been writing songs on a piano, all given the names of dates as if they were diary notes. The kind of notes where the writing, more than the words themselves, recounts for the moment of them being written: times of accumulation where the letters stand close to each other and reach far into the margin, moments of pensiveness where lines have been crossed out and others have been added and moments of excitement where the letters have gained in size and defied the ruling of the sheet.

"Datum" is the retelling of these notes with the help of violin, whistling, guitar, accordion and Dobro, recorded in Blackeberg January 2008. Pieces that recount for an otherwise forgotten day in April, that describe the view from a balcony in a Stockholm suburb in late October, that is a remembrance of the rushing bicycle and the passing landscape in the beginning of June.

Limited edition of 500 copies.

01. 24 maj
02. 2 mars
03. 23 oktober
04. 10 juli
05. 17 oktober
06. 14 april
07. 18 juli
08. 24 januari
09. 1 juni
10. 1 februari
11. 16 oktober
12. 22 december
13. 9 november
14. 4 november


TS01 Musette – Datum CD
TS02 Molnbär av John – I Wish I Could Draw Her Nose
TS03 Anne Laplantine – Spring Won't Find Us
TS04 Directorsound – Before The March
TS05 Directorsound – Two Years Today
TS06 Momus - The Thunderclown
TS07 Momus & John Henriksson – Thunderclown
TS08 Molnbär av John - Thundersketches
TS09 Dorian Pimpernel - Teorema
TS10 Matti Bye – Bethanien
TS11 Joe Davolaz – Piña Colada
TS12 Sverige – Anna
TS13 Domotic – Le Démon Des Hautes Plaines
TS14 Joe Davolaz – Cha Cha André
TS15 Sverige – Rymden
TS16 Directorsound – Into The Night Blue


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