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Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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Here's another gem from the amazing Mellotron-loaden Skandinavian progrock scene, this time a Swedish band including Mattias Jarlhed (percussion), Jonas Hallberg (guitar and backing vocals), Daniel Fäldt (lead - and backing vocals, sitar) and Stefan Renström (bass, keyboards, voices). Releases: album "Ceinwed" from '95 and "Paradise Square" from '02. Main influence: mid-GENESIS.

The second album is superior to their debut, in my opinion "Paradise Square" is one of the best releases from 2002! Most of the 7 songs are long, alternating and elaborate pieces with lots of surprising ideas: classical guitar and piano, a jazzy intermezzo, sensitive Spanish guitar or sitar and tablas. The 24-carat symphonic sound is very inspired by mid-GENESIS but has also echoes from ANGLAGARD (sumptuous Mellotron waves), SPOCK'S BEARD (shifting moods and fiery electric guitar), MARILLION (keyboards) and MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND (Minimoog flights with pitchbend). The vocals are at some momens a bit theatrical but in general strong and convincing. Funny self-mockery: SIMON SAYS has integrated some musical moments from GENESIS albums ("The Lamb..." and "Foxtrot") but the way they have done this, showcases the mature compositional skills. Recommended.

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3.34 | 29 ratings
Ceinwen
1995
3.72 | 67 ratings
Paradise Square
2002
4.07 | 165 ratings
Tardigrade
2008

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4.32 | 13 ratings
Siren Songs
2011

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 Tardigrade by SIMON SAYS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.07 | 165 ratings

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Tardigrade
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Turgid symphonic retro-prog from Sweden, Simon Says' Tardigrade is a concept album telling some sort of oblique story about the titular character - though how often in retro-prog has the concept actually mattered much, or even made sense? Flashy guitars and keyboard and technical flourishes are piled on top of each other, but the album feels like it lacks a certain something. The musical partnership of Stefan Renstr'm and Daniel F'ldt would face constant delays in getting the trilogy of concept albums of which this is a part out into the wild, so if you liked the earlier two albums you may as well get this one, but for my part it doesn't quite stand out from the likes of Flower Kings, Spock's Beard or Karmakanic.

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3.72 | 67 ratings

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Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars I like a lot about Simon Says (I gave 5 stars to Tardigrade), except maybe the name. There is an adolescent-oriented American alternative band of same name that comes up more often in internet searches. The Swedish Simon Says are not exactly prolific, an on-again, off-again project releasing 3 albums over the course of 20 years. On Paradise Square they sound as a kind of stripped- down mid-period Genesis. Production sounds retro and sparse (but you can distinguish everything), a direct contrast with ultra- bombastic Yes-like Tardigrade. Songs are mostly very long, loosely structured and frankly some transitions feel like filler. Maybe this impression could be explained that the album is structured like a play, judging by linear notes. Fortunately, there are many moments I enjoy, such as the wah-wah and backward guitar intro to Paradise Square, jazzy playfulness of beginning to Striking Out a Single Note for Love, and, my favorite, the bit in White Glove where members trade off solos, including on sitar and tabla.

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3.72 | 67 ratings

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Paradise Square
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Things did not turn out very well for Simon Says after ''Ceinwen'' with Ola Johansson being sacked due to his arguments with Stefan Renstroem and Nils Stenstroem moving to Goethenburg.A new line-up was set up for a brief time by Daniel Faeldt, but in 1996 the band was put on ice, as Renstroem was not quite satisfied with the direction of the new core.He focused on his work with his other band, The Moor.Years later he decided to revive Simon Says and sent an mail to Faeldt, who had moved to India.Without any second thoughts Faeldt returned to Sweden and the new line-up included also The Moor's Jonas Hallberg and Ulf Nylen on guitar and drums respectively.As Nylen had a hard time to absorb Simon Says' material , he was replaced by Valinor's Tree's Mattias Jarlhed and the recordings of the new album were finished in 2001.Demo tapes were sent to Galileo Records and ''Paradise square'' saw the light the following year.

Simon Says did not abandon the long forms of Progressive Rock music and still produced stretched and interesting compositions, they did update though their sound a bit, moving somewhat from their old-fashioned GENESIS stylings for a more contemporary style, which still involved huge analog echoes on Mellotron and organ, delivered with a cleaner and more modern production.They were caught though in the trap of sounding extremely close to SPOCK'S BEARD and THE FLOWER KINGS, offering arrangements with alternating synth and Mellotron/organ textures, strong symphonic tendencies and some lighter poppy tunes.The material is still well-written with captivating melodies and professional executions, ranging from pretty dramatic themes with atmospheric instrumental passages to more optimistic and accesible tunes.Lots of bombastic keyboard parts, sudden shifts in tempos and a few jazzy vibes result a work, that has been written with intelligence and passion till' the last detail.Good and sometimes adventurous guitar parts with melodic and post-psychedelic leanings and an efficient rhythm section complete the picture of the group, that now seems influenced by a wider spectrum, including GENESIS, YES, KAIPA and FOCUS.However the resemblances with SPOCK'S BEARD''s or THE FLOWER KINGS' music get a bit disturbing in the process.

Rich and interesting Progressive Rock by a work, that could be seen as emblimatic regarding the style.Far from original, but very interesting with a few nice highlights like the great title-track.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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3.72 | 67 ratings

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Paradise Square
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by mbzr48

5 stars The Album. Stylistically, the music that is presented on the "Paradise Square" album is much in the vein of the classic Symphonic Art-Rock of the 1970s, though Genesis's influences are especially evident here. But while Daniel Faldt's vocals clearly reminds me of those of Peter Gabriel, most of the instrumental arrangements on the album are rather original. None of the names of the most influential musicians-virtuosos, such as Tony Banks and Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett and Steve Howe, Mike Rutherford and Chris Squire, etc, come into my mind when I hear the keyboard and bass guitar solos by Stefan Renstrom and guitar solos by Jonas Hallberg. All the parts by these musicians, as well as Mattias Jarlhed's drumming, are tasteful and truly masterful throughout the album. Among several dozens of the followers, imitators, and wretched wannabes of Genesis, with the creation of which I am familiar, this Swedish band looks as one of the most open-minded and successful interpreters of the legacy of the band that pioneered a theatrically dramatic school of Symphonic Progressive. However, not all of the tracks, that this album consists of, are about that legendary style. The instrumental textures of Fly In a Bottle (track 4) consist for the most part of quite, yet, diverse and very effective interplay between passages of acoustic guitar and the oboe-like solo of synthesizer. It has a slight medieval feel to it both instrumentally and vocally. Here, Daniel doesn't imitate the voice and the way of singing of Gabriel, but goes his own vocal way, despite the fact that Gabriel and Daniel still remain rather rhyming words:J. The only instrumental piece on "Paradise Square", Darkfall (5), represents a blend of Eastern and European music. Filled with wonderful solos of Sitar and symphonic passages of synthesizer, it just breathes with uniqueness. The arrangements of the 16-minute epic song White Glove contain a few episodes that sound truly unique. The magic solos of Sitar, wonderful interplay between passages of classical guitar and piano, and other outstanding features make White Glove an absolute winner, though on the whole, its contents conform to the album's predominant stylistics, which, certainly, is typical for all four of the remaining tracks. Two of them, Striking Out a Single Note For Love (3) and especially the album's title track, Paradise Square (2), are almost as diverse, intriguing, and amazing as White Glove. All three of these tracks are the bright representatives of a hard-edged, truly classic Symphonic Progressive and contain a complete set of progressive ingredients that are typical for this genre. While not masterpieces as White Glove, Paradise Square, and Striking Out a Single Note For Love, both of the remaining songs, And By the Water and Aftermath (1 & 7), are, however, excellent by all means.

Summary. The "Paradise Square" album by Simon Says is a good example of how contemporary musicians can bring something new to the style, which is well known already for many years. So this album should be liked not only by the die-hard fans of the classic Genesis sound, but also by most of the lovers of Classic Symphonic Art-Rock in general. 5 Stars!!!

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 Tardigrade by SIMON SAYS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.07 | 165 ratings

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Tardigrade
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by Progrussia

5 stars This is a differently-sounding beast from 2002's Paradise Square. It's all retro-prog, but while Paradise was retro in almost every aspect, Tardigrade is an example of prog with modern touches. This one is much more denser and bombastic, as if they suddenly got a hold on equipment from the future (if Paradise is more akin to mid-period Genesis, Tardigrade is closer to Yes) In fact, sometimes there is so much stuff going on that it borders on overkill. Keyboard variety is particularly notable, since as far as I understand neither of the guys is a keyboardist-first.

This is especially true of the two epics - opening 15-minute Suddenly the Rain (maybe just itsy- bitsy repetetive and Yes-inspired) and ending 26-minute Brother where you bound. The latter is one of my favorite epics because there is so much crammed in (no 3-minute spacey intros here, no sir) and yet it still flows naturally, going thru a plethora of crying lead guitar lines, folkish sections, some devilish piano, false endings etc.

But there's also so much variety on this album. Shorter rocker Tardigrade with its frenetic guitar licks and start-stop rhythms, folk-ish Circles End, mesmerising acoustic-electric duet Moon Mountain. Every song is distinct. Another distinctive feature are vocals. Unusual. Theatrical, accented and slightly nasally, yet somehow infectious.

I know that we reviewers must use 5 star ratings sparingly (and we use it here much too often - come one, do you really think this is an essential masterpiece and not just good?). But so much effort and diversity went into Tardigrade, that I don't hesitate here.

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Tardigrade
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars A pretty long lasting record, but in this case, it wasn't too long. Tardigrade is the Swedish band's third and most recent record. It was released five years ago. I don't know if the band exists anymore but hope they'll come back with another record soon. This was an honest and interesting form of music. Perhaps they aren't very unique but they still act honest and sophisticated every minute of this record. It's not impossible I will raise it further, right now I just say you this is an excillent addition to any prog rock collection. It's uncommon to hold a prog rock record for a masterpiece after the first listening. Prog creves time and relistening. Here we got Daniel Fäldt on vocals, Magnus Paulsson on keyboards, Jonas Hallberg on guitar and percussion, Matti Jarlhed on drums and percussion and Stefan Renström on bass, keyboards and vocoder.

This album contains ten tracks, all of them are good, some of them are really good. The almost 15 minutes long starter "Suddenly the rain" is marvelous, it reminds me of a (Gabriel)Genesis song, now I can't remember which, and that feels awesome. It is not theft, just inspiration I guess. It starts exuberant and vital and the vocals are great. "Tardigrade" is a little poppier but very dymanic piece. "The chosen one" is calmer with pretty guitar work and it becomes faster later on. A great track. "Moon mountain" shows us guitar collaboration between the acoustic and the electric guitars, very nice result. "As the river runs" continues this symphonic excesses with excellent piano play as an example. "Your future" is a tranquil futuristic prayer and "Strawberry jam" shows how a progressive rock band interprets the concept "jam". In "Circle's End" I think the singer takes his task to another level when it becomes so varying. The last piece is short "Beautiful new day" praise the new day and hopes you will listen to this record again. The largest composition on this record is perhaps overwhelming the first time I listen to it. "Brother where' you bound?" begins directly, just like Genesis' "Supper's ready"(no other comparisons) and takes us on a symphonic journey. This is calm sometimes and fast sometimes. It feels right in many ways but I think it needs relistening.

This could have been even better if they tried more new things. Perhaps this is a tribute to for exemple Genesis and then it's a very good one, much better than some form of cover record. Simon Says shows us great symphonic music and also honest music, but they could have taken it to another record with some strange instruments and vocals in their native language(English is trite). But I will listen to this again, I promise and maybe I'll raise it to five stars. Right now I am proud to give it four.

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 Tardigrade by SIMON SAYS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.07 | 165 ratings

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Tardigrade
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by mbzr48

5 stars Simon Says is one of many bands exploring a style of music referred to as symphonic rock, and their take on the genre, at least on this album, is of the classic type. Listening through the recording, it is obvious that Genesis is a major influence, especially when it comes to the construction and execution of instrumental segments where keyboards and guitars alternate as well as harmonize in tight interplay. One other obvious influence to name is Camel; there are several atmospheric guitar workouts to enjoy that are very similar in style and manner to this classic band. In addition to that, the extensive use of what sounds very much like the Hammond organ is a key feature in the soundscapes, but there's no obvious influence to name for this aspect of the music made. It does enhance the feeling of a band looking back to the 1970's for musical inspiration, though. Although there are ten tracks on this CD, a mere three tunes make up the main part of this album, the opening song Suddenly the Rain, the fifth track As the River Run and the ninth track Brother Where You Bound (do you remember Supertramp's disc of the same name?). These three compositions clock in at slightly above 50 minutes in total, and they are all compositions highly similar in form, manner and style. The songs all contain multiple parts, ranging from calm and mellow segments dominated by various keyboards to parts closer to hard rock in style, where guitar riff patterns and the Hammond organ rock it out in a tight and slick interplay. All the tunes contain longer instrumental parts, most of them of a highly symphonic nature. Many of these segments are close to Genesis in style and execution, while others may remind the listener almost just as much of The Flower Kings in style, although not in mood and atmosphere. Synths and keyboards are essential instruments throughout these compositions, and often there will be multiple layers of these to simultaneously convey the main melody, to flesh out the soundscapes and create epic sounding majestic sonic textures in some segments, as well as providing detailed, lush and fragile atmospheres in other parts. The remaining seven compositions on "Tardigrade" add a bit of variation to this release. Some of these tunes are similar in style and sound to the longer epics, while others - the title track in particular - add influences from jazz as well as late 60's hard rock. The musicianship on this release is excellent. These guys know what they want to do, what they want it to sound like and what they have to do to achieve this. The musicians may not be world class, but the skill level is more than good enough to perform these compositions with relative ease. The compositions are not quite on the same level as the musicianship though. In a style as heavily explored as symphonic rock it takes quite a lot to produce songs of such a stellar quality that they will be regarded as truly brilliant. And although close, Simon Says aren't quite there yet.

Conclusion. Fans of 70's symphonic rock in general and Genesis in particular might receive a lot of pleasure from this release. People with a soft spot for the Hammond organ should also consider checking this one out, as there are quite a few goodies for that particular crowd on this album. 5 Stars

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 Tardigrade by SIMON SAYS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.07 | 165 ratings

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Tardigrade
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars for sure

Third album of this discret band from Sweden from 2008 named Tardigrade is a great follow up of Paradise square. Another 6 years gone until Simon Says released a new album. To me this is better then previous work, the passages and the overall arrangements are more intresting and mature. Great musicianship as before with plenty of great interplays between musicians, specially the keyboards are fantastic here. Long album clocking around 75 min with long instrumental passages, well performed and played in a pure symphonic prog tradition. Suddenly The Rain and the longest track Brother Where You Bound who has over 25 min are the best from this album, beautiful passages quite complex but yet accesibele most of the time. Little better then previous works but again doesn't fully impress me as other symphonic prog works let's sat from thet period. fans of Spock's beard, Transatlantic, The Flower Kings can easely love this band. 3.5 stars.

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 Paradise Square by SIMON SAYS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.72 | 67 ratings

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Paradise Square
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Simon Says is a swedish symphonic prog act with 20 years career and only 3 albums released so far. I know this band since they release their second album from 2002 named paradise square. Between this album and their first one is 8 years, and almost no one guessed that they will come with a follow up mainly because some of the members from Simon Says were involved in another band named Valinor's Tree similar in musical style with this album. Now, if the music, the instrumental sections are pretty much ok most of the time, seams to me that the voice is little forced in places but not bad. This type of symphonic prog very muck in The Flowers King, Spock's Beard vein is ok , pleasent but is the kind of prog music that doesn't progress, something is missing in the over all sound. The passages are complex, intricate with nice moods and shift, the keyboards and guitars have an important role here, pieces like Paradise Square or White glove are perfect examples. I like the album but I can't give more then 3 stars. Good band , good album but nothing really is impressive here.

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 Siren Songs by SIMON SAYS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.32 | 13 ratings

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Siren Songs
Simon Says Symphonic Prog

Review by Kiwi1

4 stars It is both fair and unfair to categorise 'Siren Songs' as a compilation album. Most tracks included are not available on any other album by Simon Says and those that do are either part of another compilation (the epic 'Minds of Mortal Men' & the Swedish language version of 'As the River Runs'. Nevertheless the album sounds like a gathering of bits 'n' pieces left off the band's concept albums, studio out-takes or individual 'demo' recordings rather than a cohesive self-contained album.. This is not to denigrate the music which demonstrates, once again, the band's virtuosic skills and capacity for beautiful, epic creations. The two piano solo tracks are particularly noteworthy as they reveal a high level of 'Modernist' compositional skill. If Genesis were still providing their distinctive form of accessible yet fully 'Progressive' music today I wonder if it would sound something like what Simon Says.

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