Jarnrock is another promising progressive/alternative/hard rock band I have discovered about a month ago. These young Swedish gentlemen are actively making music since 2017, and periodically making releases. Train of Thought one of their latest releases along with Trip Debut, Moroccan Tea, Notes of a Sailor and Preach, which were also released in 2019. I have checked out some other Jarnrock songs before I review Train of Thought, and tried to understand what they are actually capable of. So let’s have a closer look at Jarnrock’s general music style, strengths, weaknesses, musicality, character, fundamentals, influences, and their overall potential.
First of all, a fresh band with such a history is making a solid statement; they are working professionally, productive, and determined. Period. These three are admirable enough to get you signed already! I can tell you that these things immediately separate Jarnrock from the other thousands of bands and artists in the same genre. If you take your job seriously, you gotta work hard. There is no middle ground on this. Jarnrock has done a remarkable job in their careers so far, which surely going to play an important role in their success without a doubt.
Secondly, they have an easy-going, atmospheric and super melodic music style in general. Compositions are somewhere between standard and non-standard. I can see that they didn’t want to make things super complicated. Rather than messing with the structure itself, they chose to focus more on the musical side of the job. As you can also hear on Train of Thought, they are highly melodic, mostly using clean sounds both with their instruments and with their vocals. The general vibe of this very song is quite positive, unlike the chords progressions. The song is mostly built with minor elements. All the instrumentations are very professionally written. They all have an amazing flow from the beginning to the end. When I think about their overall sound, I can say that they are somehow special with their music. It has been a very long time since I listened to a full clean band like them. I mean, they use clean sounds most of the time, but not all the time. For instance, there are some gained guitars and vocals on Train of Thought. But you don’t feel like listening to a piece of dirty rock music at all. Honestly, guys, I am not sure if they are well aware of all these things I have mentioned. They might be their own decisions, in both ways, I respect that. They are doing what they are good at and what they love. End of story.
Additionally, I’d like to say that Train of Thought is a simple but very beautiful song that unconsciously reminded me of Pink Floyd many times while I was listening to it. Actually, Jarnrock’s music, in general, reminds me of Pink Floyd all the time. I thought about it and I can tell you that there aren’t so many things in common about their musicality. Probably, this is because of both of their clean and melodic foundations. Jarnrock is like the major version of Pink Floyd, especially on this song. They have built this song with a strong atmosphere and rich instrumentation just like many bands were doing back in the ’80s. And it wasn’t a matter of music style, trying to be different or some other reason all the time, it was all about the music they loved. Jarnrock has this thing about them as well. Most of their songs have given me this feeling. They apparently love what they do, which is admirable. We don’t come across bands like them a lot these days, to be honest with you. People are mostly interested in finding a shortcut in the music business or being different by trying costumes or some other extreme shit. Honestly, guys, whenever I see bands and artists like those online, I value bands like Jarnrock more.