Released: April 19
Trippy, edgy and daring, Norgren’s first international release makes the case one more time that cross-cultural exploration remains the most fertile frontier in popular music.
It is fresh, rough-edged perfection.
The opener, “Blue Sky Moon,” is a three-minute blend of one-note mood intonations, chirping birds and gentle strumming. Get past that. It might be art but there’s not much to it.
As the first cut fades into “The Flow,” a regal bass line and cymbals give way to gentle, chord-based piano, followed by the most restrained electric guitar.
Norgren sings of trains and John Wayne movies in what could have sounded trite but is somehow magical here.
Recorded in a farmhouse in Sweden, this is the kind of low-idle Americana that calms the spirit.