Fantastic west coast project from Sweden…
Crossfade started as a project when we, guitarist Lars Hallbäck and keyboardist Richard Stenström, started writing songs together in 1999. We were later introduced to singer Göran Edman, through a mutual friend, and the three of us wrote the songs to be recorded on the album White on Blue. The recording took a very long time since we decided to re-record all the backgrounds after they had teamed up with drummer Per Lindvall and his brother the bass player Sven Lindvall. The groove they introduced to the music was so inspiring that we recorded everything from the beginning. After that, we spent a lot of time just recording the preproduction vocals and lyricist Eva Olson took on the job of writing the lyrics. Eventually the final recording started. We spent a lot of time recording Görans vocal arrangements as well as everything else, as you can hear on the album, White on Blue. We contacted percussionist Pablo Cepeda, who did the conga/bongo tracks. Nina Inhammar recorded some background vocals and the horn section did their bit. The horns being: Leif Lindvall trumpet, Hans Dyvik trumpet, Urban Wiborg trombone and last but not least Wojtek Goral on saxophone. Wojtek also did the sax solo on Flying.
CROSSFADE stands for TRANSITION. Transition through all the inspiration and heritage we carry and have gathered through the years. You can hear influences from the, 60´s, 70´s, 80´s up till modern days transform into the sound of CROSSFADE.
Of course we lean toward the music one might call West Coast/AOR but we have tried to take it a bit further. You can hear vocal arrangement sounds from the 60´s as well as the 70´s, 80´s and with a production that transforms it into the 21 century. We tried to bring a mix of songs that crossfades/transforms into something new and fresh and not like a remix of something previously done.
The fans of Toto, Foster, Sting, Graydon, Pages, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Don Henley and Mr Mister will hopefully find their appetite satisfied here.
The members of Crossfade:
Göran Edman (vocals). Göran has worked with Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Street Talk, Kharma, Madison, Karmakanic, Brazen Abbot, Glory and more. A very talented singer and arranger/songwriter.
Per Lindvall (drums and percussion). Per has played with everyone that’s something here in Scandinavia. He’s considered the no.1 drummer up here. Works with everybody from ABBA to Michael Ruff. He’s been touring with A-ha lately
Sven Lindvall (bass). Sven is Per’s little brother and is also a sessionplayer and producer. Sven tours with A-ha as well. Regarded as one of the best bass players here.
Pablo Cepeda (congas/bongos). Pablo is also a session player, he works as producer and a songwriter, he’s also a great singer.
Lars Hallbäck (guitars). Lars has played in bands since the 70´s in Hard Rock acts, during the 80´s in AOR type band and now with Crossfade. He has also worked in studios, as producer and engineer. Engineered and produced this album together with Richard.
Richard Stenström (keyboards). Richard is an two handed keyboard player and songwriter. He has also played in a lot of sessions.
Nina Inhammar (background vocals). Nina used to be in a pop act called Friends here in Sweden. She is now in a popact called Nina and Kim.
The horn section: Leif Lindvall (trumpet), Hans Dyvik (trumpet), Wojtek Goral (saxophone) & Urban Wiborg (trombone). Leif is the oldest of the Lindvall brothers. He arranged the horns on White on Blue. All these guys are professional session musicians who play in the rock opera- CHESS and tour with various acts
1. The day the music died- 9/11. (7:33)
A song about Sept 11 2001 NYC. We wrote this song shortly after the terrorist attack on the twin towers. Like everybody else we where shaken by this horrible act, and the way it changed our lives. The song starts with a drumloop that evolves as the drums and percussion takes on. It sets the mood for the album.
2. Did you really (5:41)
About a relationship which is over-and it´s all for the best. A jolly tune with dark lyrics. “Manhattan transfer” big vocal arrangements on the verses moving into rockier courses, with a great lead guitar and a smokin´ synth lead at the end, you can also hear the horn moving in on the bridge.
3. Vanity Fair (5:03)
About stardom/fame, a variation of the old blues theme: Nobody knows you when you’re down and out. Fame at any price. A cool smooth song with Per playing along the synth drum all trough the song – amazing. Nina joins on background vocals. Could be a single.
4. Flying (5:56)
A song about letting go, daring to take chances. You have only got one life so you had better do something with it since there’s no dress rehearsal. A smooth jazzier east coast song. Very cleanly instrumented laid back with a great sax solo in the end by Wojtek. A favorite.
5. A deeper shade of love (4:22)
About a close person who’s passed away. A sad song filled with love. A piano ballad with fantastic performances by Göran and Richard. Göran added some nice gospel arrangements. Normally such a song would have been placed last but we liked it so much that we thought it was a good idea to put it in the middle.
6. Thorns of life (5:00)
No matter what you do or who you are- in the end you are all alone. A song in a slightly more progressive style. A reflection on loneliness.
7. Loving eyes (6:33)
Remembering old love. A traditional southwest song with a “hit potential”. Possible single.
8. Time (5:30)
Time will heal and time will tell. A ballad with great vocals from Göran and lots of “wire” guitars and choirs.
9. Don’t really matter (4:53)
Is there such a thing as perfect love? A small epic from your next-door bar. 70´s groove.
10. You (5:41)
Traditional rocker and yet a love song. We wanted the traditional rocker that everyone is familiar with including speedier solo to finish up the album.
The debut album “White On Blue” hit the market in 2004 and received many a great reviews from the lovers of music & lyrics with a reflection. Since Crossfade yet to date has refrained from spending time on tours, the more time (seven years specifically) has been spent in the studio to put their sequel “Secret Love” on the map in late 2011. The listeners will be met by lush harmonies, intricate chords, lavish keyboards and the Hallbäck signature guitar sound.
Add to this the vocals by Göran Edman, ranging all the way from dynamic and nuanced up to massive choirs. Once again, the groove foundation is set by the Lindvall brothers and to furthermore sweeten the deal, you will get to enjoy guest performances by Kalle Moraeus (violin) and Mats Ronander (Harmonica). The recording was done with the utmost attention to sonic details and no takes have been used if not cooked just right. Moreover, audiophiles will get to enjoy the album mixed by Bernard Löhr both in Stereo and 5.1Surround DVD accompanied by some live studio footage from the recording sessions.
Words are taken from the official Crossfade website.
Tracks: A Wonderful Illusion, Secret Love, Brave New World, Closer To The Fire, Don´t Ask Me Why, Heart Of A Hero, Waiting For A Miracle, Seconds And Eons, Borrowdale, In My Mind & Borrowdale Reprise.
Musicians on the Secret Love album: Lars Hallback, Richard Stenstrom, Per Lindvall, Sven Lindvall, Goran Edman and others.
White On Blue
MTM Music 2004
Tracks: The Day The Music Died, Did You Really?, Vanity Fair, Flying, A Deeper Shade Of Love, Thorns Of Life, Loving Eyes, Time, Don´t Really Matter & You.
Musicians on the White On Blue album: Lars Hallback, Richard Stenstrom, Per Lindvall, Sven Lindvall, Goran Edman, Pablo Cepeda, Nina Inhammer, Leif Lindvall, Hans Dyvik, Wojtek Goral & Urban Wiborg.