Jon Magnusson: Always a Rebel




Stockholm based songwriter, musician and producer Jon Magnusson talks with Big Blend Radio about his new EP ‘Always a Rebel’, the follow-up to his EP ‘Psalms for Sinners’.

Almost one year after the release of the four track EP “Psalms for Sinners” Jon Magnusson has released a new EP, “Always a Rebel”, featuring an eclectic mix boiled down to four original songs. In addition, Magnusson has also released various remixes and the quite unexpected collaboration “Pensamentos Relevantes” with the Brazilian rapper Brunosmoky who has also made himself a name in the independent music scene.


“Always a Rebel” is produced by Jon Magnusson together with Ruben Engzell from Studio Ljudriket. Ruben also recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered the EP and contributed with some of the fine instrumentation, with the majority played by Jon Magnusson. Behind the drums you can find Jesper Jonsson, the man behind the amazing project “The Courage”.


With a drum intro worthy off “Spin Doctors” The EP starts off with “Rely on Me”. This guitar driven and upbeat indie rock tune doesn’t hide its influences from the late 70’s punk scene, despite the fact that it was originally written as an acoustic folk song as a birthday present to the artist’s wife. The muted guitar in the verses opens up and explodes in the chorus together with goodies like a Hammond Organ and football stand choirs. Together with the declaration of love that makes up the lyrics, this song will definitely put a smile on the listener’s face. 


As somewhat of a contrast, in the second song “I’m Not the Only One,” the listener gets hit with a finger-picked jazz guitar accompanied by old school synth arpeggios. As if that wasn’t jazzy enough, the second bar of the intro offers a crazy 5/4 beat to keep the listener (and the drummer) alert. The arrangement then leans towards a quite classic Swedish indie pop sound but keeps its originality throughout the whole song, flavored with some moog-synths, organ and choirs worthy of a Catholic cathedral. The religiousness ends with the choir, and the bittersweet lyrics takes the listener inside the mind of a young man gone astray, fighting his demons but lucky enough to have someone fighting together with him, side-by-side.


In the epic “Set Me on Fire” the sound gets darker and heavier, and the lyrics almost blasphemous. Written as a defiance against the former mentioned inner demons as well as the idea that there is an inherent meaning to life, or an objective truth that one’s able to find via religion or any other ideology. It encourages the listener to challenge given norms, think for oneself and create meaningfulness in a life that otherwise can feel quite empty. With the first verse and chorus being quite sparsely arranged, the wall of sound builds up throughout the song and adds up to a perfectly crafted patchwork where the vocals and four electric guitars sits nicely side by side with harmony, a Juno-synth and even a distorted Glockenspiel. If someone’s able to knit such craziness together it’s the ingenious Ruben and the end result speaks for itself. If this song doesn’t leave the listener in flames, nothing will.


The last tune and also the EP’s title track “Always a Rebel”, soothes any possible parching that might have been caused by the previous song. An acoustic guitar every now and then reinforced by a smooth, almost dreamy, delayed electronic guitar and a soaring organ constitutes the foundation of this shimmering sound image. And there’s the tale of the hibernated rebel that, no matter the ramifications, keeps his flag flying high and swims against the current. Equally inspired by real life heroes of the artist and an idealized image of his younger self, this story gives a solid ending to this EP that skids between both genres and emotional states.


This EP shows the width of Jon Magnusson’s musical influences and features strong melodies, authenticity, and a positive outlook on life blended with strong emotions and subjects like mental health, affection and alienation. That combined with the creative impact from co-producer and engineer Ruben Engzell, makes this the best work of Jon Magnusson as to this date.


Magnusson is a songwriter, musician and producer from Stockholm, the picturesque capital of Sweden. The music he writes and plays is often plain folk with a touch of rock and punk influence, and an occasional jazzy beat thrown in to keep listeners on their toes.  Most of all, it’s his thoughts and feelings put to lyrics and chords. Aside from being an independent artist, Magnusson is also a big advocate for the independent music scene and created the community the #MonsterThread in 2017, that he now runs together with the Luxembourgian producer and multitasker Toby Davis. Thanks to his constant desire to try new things and love of networking he has accomplished more than what could be expected in the year he has been actively a part of the music scene. With such a strong EP as “Always a Rebel” in his sleeve and an always growing and dedicated fan base, who knows where he stands one year from now! Visit

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Magnusson is a songwriter, musician and producer from Stockholm, the picturesque capital of Sweden. The music he writes and plays is often plain folk with a touch of rock and punk influence, and an occasional jazzy beat thrown in to keep listeners on their toes.

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