Stockholm based Filip Johnson began making bedroom recordings, inspired by rock and pop classics from the late 70’s. Raw songs to capture the hallucinogenic hazy feel of everyday life combined with a romantic allure of late nights.
Born and raised in Gothenburg, his skills on the bass guitar got him noticed in Stockholm, where he moved to, to play in the bands Vacation Forever and HOLY.
Along with these collaborative projects, he started releasing tracks as Jelly Crystal (“I named it after the disgusting jelly cake”). In contrast to that dreaded concoction, his music goes down smoothly with its timeless melodies in dreamy soundscapes. A solo project that allows him to experiment with his music – best described as suggestive glam pop.
Making his debut in 2017 with a self-titled EP, we got introduced to an artist whose audio-visual expression is epic in scale and authentic, often with a grandly cinematic sound.
At that time people experienced Jelly Crystal as their well-kept se- cret that no one else had discovered yet, while Johnson described it as (“Imagine an acid-fueled ABBA writing and performing the soundtrack to Titanic”).
2018’s single “Now Awake” with Scott Walker and David Bowie as in uences, Johnson revels in the kind of high-drama, high-art solo star role those musicians made their names with. Fully loaded, nostalgic and elegant old-school pop. In many ways, what’s signicant with Jelly Crystal today.
Since his debut, Johnson has been releasing a stream of hypnotic music. Taking us back in time as much as it’s futuristic and different from most artists in this non decided micro-genre. Currently working on his debut album ”Freak Show”, to be released in Sept 21.