iTromsø (Norwegian Review)


Totally Fucking Eminent by Egon Holstad

(Translated from Norwegian)
I think this is a debut, but am unsure, even after trawling the net. It does not matter anyway. What is important, however, is that "Murder Mountain" sails up as one of the strongest country records we will lead this year. He even refers to his music as "goth-country", and he is launched as a mix of Nick Cave and Steve Earle, but I do not know how much I agree, without it meaning anything.

What matters, however, is that this album is a solid album that really makes it cool down my back in a (in a positive way), and where I myself get strong associations to both The Gun Club (the shabby steel guitars!) as Roger Alan Wade (for those who remember him) and a young Springsteen.

The songs are written in pandemic rage, Trump rage and grief rage due to the fact that his father died during the album's creation, and the nerves hang thick on the outside of every single song and tremble. The crying steel guitars accompany the songs perfectly, and so effectively that it is impossible not to be touched emotionally.

The opening and title track is of the purely epic kind, a song I have heard so many times that I already feel its ehhh… durability. It is of the type you want to turn on eleven, stand in the middle of the floor, keep your arms out and just float through the room. God help, it's so good. Festivals are booking him now. Until the summer of 2023 or when the hell it's allowed again. In the meantime, we have the cultural vaccine here. Raw strong. Totally fucking eminent.

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