Jonathan Johansson @ Pustervik, 29.04.12
Sunday brought us another night of live music in the revamped Pustervik, this time featuring the hotly tipped Skåne boy Jonathan Johansson. Despite being a Sunday, the venue was close to capacity, and supporting act Jonas Alaska was up against a wall of crowd noise, but I warmed to his Dylanesque Americana nevertheless, despite some difficulty in being able to concentrate on the music.
Jonathan Johansson soon had the crowd’s full attention, his album ‘En Hand I Himlen’ has received some rave reviews, and clearly many local music lovers were keen to see the man in action. There was little to fault in the performance and Johansson was on good form, despite some problems talking because of a strained voice, thankfully this did not affect his singing and the sound was spot on throughout. Johansson offers a cold, synth driven; atmospheric sound that brings to mind new-romantic and synth-pop from the early to mid 1980’s. One act which came to mind were Tears for Fears (and indeed Johansson included a cover from the band on his album) although it is debatable if he yet has the tunes to bear such comparison. At times the set felt a little one-paced, and I think he lacks that truly great track, although clearly he has many good ones. The packed house was left happy with a solid performance from another Swedish pop act that is making serious waves both home and abroad.