Today, Norwegian singer/songwriter Torgeir Waldemar has premiered his new Frode Fjerdingstad directed video for the single “Sylvia.” The track comes off his latest release No…Read More
While Torgeir Waldemar’s previous album cultivated a pure, acoustic sound, we get more rock music this time, and for the singer/songwriter nothing is more natural. With his background as a guitar hero in various rock bands, it was only a question of time before distorted tones would assert themselves in his solo career. ‘No Offending Borders’ is a gloriously composite work with both dead honest acoustic laments and grandiose rock songs.
But the record is so much more than that, and for Torgeir this is a document that shows the seriousness we meet in our everyday lives. Both on the personal level, with relationships that falls apart and the loss of loved ones, but also on a national and global level, with refugee crises, suicide statistics and the weakest members of our society. You may have guessed it already, but this is a solemn record.
If you’re afraid that Torgeir Waldemar has turned away from what he presented on his debut album, you can relax. Here we get acoustic folk songs like ‘Falling Rain (Link Wray)’, ‘Island Bliss’ and ‘Souls on a String’, but the album also contains more intense rock songs like ‘Summer In Toulouse’, ‘Sylvia (Southern People)’ and ‘Among the Low’.
The chair on the cover of ‘No Offending Borders’ is from Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand. This is the chair that Wilhelm II, the King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany, was sitting in when he was told that World War I had started. Wilhelm II was a friend of Norway and spent much time on the west coast in the early 1900s. What would you have done if you were sitting in that chair and received that message? Sit down, think thoroughly about it, while you’re listening to No Offending Borders.