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JONAS LINDBERG

Crossover Prog • Sweden


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Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side is a Swedish Progressive rock/AOR project founded in Stockholm 2012 by bassplayer, songwriter and producer Jonas Lindberg. The music has been influenced by many bands in the progressive genre like THE FLOWER KINGS, SPOCK'S BEARD and PINK FLOYD. Some people has described the band's sound as being ''a crossing between PINK FLOYD, STING and GENESIS''.

It all started back in 2008 when a first EP ''IN SCRET PLACE'' was recorded by Jonas as an exam-project at the School of Music in Piteå, Sweden. The first recordings featured a large lineup of musicians, and when it was later released in 2012 Jonas felt the need to write and record a new one, this time with a 5 piece band. The band name JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE didn't surface until 2013 when the new CD ''THE OTHER SIDE'' was released. The band features Jonas along with a group very talented friends and musicians, each of them having professional careers and playing alongside some of the biggest musical acts in Sweden.

The current lineup features Jonas LINDBERG on bass, backing vocals, keyboards and guitars together with Jonas SUNDQVIST (lead vocals), Jonathan LUNDBERG (drums), Calle STÅLENBRING (guitars) and Michael OTTOSSON (keyboards). The photo by The photo by Cajsa LINDAHL was taken at a live concert and shows an expanded version of the band. From L-R it is Michael OTTOSSON (keys), Nicklas THELIN (guitar), Jonas SUNDQVIST (lead vocal), Jonas LINDBERG (bass, vocals), Jenny SANDGREN (vocals), Calle STÅLENBRING (guitar), Jonathan LUNDBERG (drums).

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4.40 | 16 ratings
Pathfinder (as Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side)
2016

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3.04 | 4 ratings
In Secret Pace
2012
4.20 | 12 ratings
The Other Side
2013

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 Pathfinder (as Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side) by JONAS LINDBERG   album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.40 | 16 ratings

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Pathfinder (as Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side)
Jonas Lindberg Crossover Prog

Review by PH

5 stars JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE exhibit a new CD titled 'Pathfinder'. It would be fair to say, the band's performance is excellent throughout. As the driving force (bass, mellotron, Moog, additional keys, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, vox), Jonas Lindberg decorates the full sound rather than trying to show his cocksureness. Jonas Sundqvist and Jenny Sandgren are floating around for the impeccable vocal dueling. Michael Ottosson can be heard on Hammond, Rhodes and piano, while Calle Stålenbring provides the guitar work. Maria Olsson with Jonathan Lundberg append their percussion and drums, respectively. Last but not least, Nicklas Thelin who takes over the additional guitar for a couple of tracks (6, 8). Compared with two previous EP's, the full-length 'Pathfinder' is a big step forward. It contains plenty of scope to verify a mixture of adult pop, symphonic prog with AOR traces and jazzy components. Sure, this album sounds both really familiar and fresh. The familiarity comes from a set of represented influences. The freshness arises because of well crafted stylistic changes, amazing twists and turns, melodic splendor and colorful arrangements. The music often travels in a sublime way, yet finds substantial ground. The eight compositions together form a cohesive whole. So you can play this CD without a skip button. Now a track-by-track. Setting the scene for the album, 'Square One' commences with a mellotron flute, until the voice of Jonas Sandqvist comes in. From the musical standpoint, there's apparent debt of gratitude to Sting here, although Karmakanic should help to describe the quirky route. Next up, 'Lost', which really confirms the influence from Sting but heck, there's a bit of Seal in a few spots. This track slinks along on the verses-choruses structure, gradually moving to fine interlude tinged with some lush keyboards, a dose of guitar solo and gentle chants (male / female). After a while, the initial formula gets back, bringing a good completion for the song. 'Peace Of Mind' appears third. Packing a lot of invention into 9:25 min. it sounds like combination of references to Moon Safari, The Flower Kings and Kaipa. The longest chapter on the album includes handling of two lead vocalists and multiple harmonies, topped with awesome guitar courtesy and towering keyboards. There're extensive synths intertwined with fragile piano, the guitar outbursts coupled with the meandering bass lines and precise drums. For me, it's the absolute pinnacle which holds very impressive instrumentation, switching perspectives and intriguing sequence. A title track 'Pathfinder' keeps the orchestral introduction, before revealing a nod towards the '80's era Yes. The album continues by 'Leaving The World Behind' that starts off with frivolous guitar like a truistic country-rock song. But then transforms to a sort of cross between Kaipa and Introitus, with an emphasis on vocals to underscore the similarity. The bombastic swell of content ensures dynamic contrast to the softer moments. All accents are superbly executed, thus giving every part its own identity, catchiness and sensitivity. These proceedings eventually end with the grace bass loops a'la Jonas Reingold (TFK fame). Creating a magical effect, calm and atmospheric, 'On The Horizon' is a kind of glance into the Saga's balladry oeuvre. The hypnotic singing by Jonas Lindberg takes a role of center on this beautiful song. The instrumental piece 'Zenith' embodies a weird hybrid of jazz and heavy guitar riffs. Largely original listening experience - different from what we have heard before. And lastly, tuneful 'Closer To The Sun' that rounds off the album in a fine style. Once again, the musical phrases and themes are developed and renewed. The catchy lead vocals and nice harmonies work in conjunction with the vintage keyboards and sweeping guitars amidst the deep bass lines and strong percussions, allowing each partner to display their dexterity and skill. To get you accustomed to the fact that wonderful journey is almost over, the concluding section resorts to a mild pattern embellished by fragile piano playing. What a finale!.. OK, you have read my statement. The next thing you need to do is visit the group's website. And why are you still here? GO!
 In Secret Pace by JONAS LINDBERG   album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.04 | 4 ratings

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In Secret Pace
Jonas Lindberg Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars The idea of forming a proper band of his own was in the mind of this young musician from Stockholm already from 2008.At the time Lindberg recorded four tracks for some sort of a music exam at the School of Music in Pitea.He had a solid line-up of four musicians on vocals, guitars and drums and a handful of guest musicians in each of the four tracks, while he was the composer, keyboardist and bass player.Four years later he decided to offer these recordings under the title ''In secret pace'' via bandcamp.

The opening ''Time is wasted for no reason'' is very much alike HASSE FROBERG'S MUSICAL COMPANION.A mix of angular Hard Rock with flashy keyboard parts, deep melodies and dynamic vocals, featuring a rich style full of breaks and led by the edgy guitar moves and solos and the power of synthesizers.The biggest suprise comes from the self-titled track, which is reminiscent of FINISTERRE and HOSTSONATEN minus the Italian vocals.Elegant flute lines combine with acoustic textures, atmospheric keyboards and crystalline vocals by Jonas Sundqvist with a great jazzy middle-part, a trully beautiful piece of art.''What a view'' is totally instrumental, however this is the closest track to Neo Prog with a few ambiental lines on the way.Impressive synth flights, dynamic grooves and melodic guitars offer imaginery soundscapes full of finesse and positive atmosphere.The closing ''Overflown vision'' is the only track to feature female lead vocals by Emelie Irewald.This comes quite close to the style of MOSTLY AUTUMN and IONA with plenty of room for Irewald's angelic voice, supported by melancholic piano themes, and a strong MIKE OLDFIELD/PINK FLOYD-ian atmosphere following the intro with Ethnic-styled flutes, scratching electric guitars and angular synthesizers.

This album has a lot to admire it for: Folky overtones, modern Prog aesthectics, sporadic vintage echoes and plenty of passion.Great first step for Lindberg, warmly recommended.

 The Other Side by JONAS LINDBERG   album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.20 | 12 ratings

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The Other Side
Jonas Lindberg Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
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4 stars Jonas Lindberg is a solo project that ended up becoming a full band, especially for this new EP called The Other Side (2013).

Created in Stockholm, Sweden, the band is formed by Jonas Lindberg (bass, keyboards, electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, programming, compositions and vocals), Jonas Sundqvist (vocals), Michael Ottosson (keyboards), Calle Stalenbring (guitars) and Jonathan Lundberg (drums). But as the name indicates, the band is really a solo effort of Jonas. He recorded pretty much all the backing tracks, wrote the material, produced and also did the artwork. And let's not forget that The Other Side (2013) was also released by his own label called ModeMusic.

The Other Side (2013) has a strong influence of AOR (like Toto) and bands like The Flower Kings and Spock's Beard. Right on the first track of the EP 'Lies' we can see that influence. And what an amazing song! It has all the great hooks that a band needs and yet many details for you to get lost in. Great early 80's mood too. On the second track 'The Other Side' we have some great riffs that really reminded me of Spock's Beard music, but at the same time the multiple vocals and keyboards 'scream' of The Flower Kings! Amazing work!

Third track brings Toto to the picture with 'Where To Begin'. For me, the weakest track on the EP. Curiously if you look to the time of the three first tracks they have 5'27, 5'26 and 5'28 respectively. This shows a way of writing that really fits AOR. The following song on The Other Side (2013) is 'Little Girl'. Here the acoustic side of Jonas comes forth in a very melancholic song. I just think that it misses something here, maybe some kind of 'explosion'. The track pretty much follows the same pace through the whole 4'38.

'Line No18' is the last song on the EP and also the longest. And I will dare to say that it's the most Prog of them all too, besides the big amount of AOR in it. I have to mention the good job that Jonas Sundqvist did with the vocals, always pushing some really nice vocal melodies all along the album. After the middle part we have some really great guitar solo, some very good keyboards and an excellent 'kitchen' with bass and drums. Brilliant!

The Other Side (2013) is a really great effort by the Swedish Jonas Lindberg. Amazingly well produced and written and also with superb musicianship. Another thing to notice is the strong AOR sound he brought back to the Prog scene. Another case of a Swedish band bringing back different sounds (the other one being Dynamo Bliss).

A great EP to check out, and now!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

 The Other Side by JONAS LINDBERG   album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.20 | 12 ratings

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The Other Side
Jonas Lindberg Crossover Prog

Review by PH

5 stars Emerging out of the new wave of Swedish progressive music, JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE present their EP 'The Other Side'. Due to the craftsmanship of the musicians, the refinement in songwriting and production, this is a stunning release. All performances are expressed with emotion and conviction to blend in a high-quality symphonic prog brew, travelling along the borders of AOR-style. Being a multi-instrumentalist, Jonas Lindberg shows his skills on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keys, mandolin, back vocals and programming. The lead singer Jonas Sundqvist is reminiscent of Mark Truesak, albeit there're occasions where I think of Colin Blunstone too. Drums are played by Jonathan Lundberg, guitars by Calle Stalenbring, keyboards by Michael Ottosson. The whole offer has five songs, approx 30 minutes in duration: from subtle inflections to fast-paced pieces. 'Lies' is a great opener, immediately affirming the patent sound with floating melody lines backed by tantalizing keyboards and vibrant bass. Aussie band Unitopia is a good point of reference. Alan Parsons Project is another comparison. The sparkling title track easy could have been on any Moon Safari CD. Elements of Yes and Genesis prevail in 'Where to Begin'. It reminds about 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' but the whiffs of Tony Banks permeate the second half of composition. It's followed by 'Little Girl', a sensitive ballad which makes the content go out like a night candle. And to spice up the recipe, 'Line No. 18' is the longest song (8:23) fusing elements of Yes, Toto, Kansas and TFK. Here, the vocals aren't a million mile away from Chris Squire himself. I'd say that this is a fine conclusion to the consistent release... These talented guys are pros in every sense of the word, delivering far more than one would expect from a melodic progressive outfit. My hope now is that Jonas Lindberg and his crew will find some inspiration to give us a full-length album without waiting too long.
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