Daniel Norgren

‘Wooh Dang’

Released: April 19

Label: Superpuma

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.

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