These sleek tracks cover a vast area of genres from the exquisite orchestral opening, to the funky upbeat and exciting I Need Something New. In many ways it’s reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian’s forays into disco infused pop, it also has a similar dance floor groove to it. That said as with all of these tracks, Forsgren takes his influences and spices them up with something altogether more exciting.
For example the addition of strings, accompanying the futuristic sound of the emphatic I Need Something New. The musical journey continues through beautiful delicate musical landscapes that are often tinged with sporadic heavier elements. Particularly on the forceful sounds of Still In The Wild that are sweetly tempered throughout, by Forsgren’s heartfelt lyrics.
However, the crowning glory of this album is the epic Tired of the Sun, this vast expansive, thrilling track is absolutely beautiful. It takes this album from good to great; the perfect orchestration that builds into this otherworldly sound is phenomenal. The delicacy of the strings combined with the crushing blows of percussion is exquisite, all culminating in a wild crescendo.
At the heart of the album, though, is the magnificent 11-minute 'Tired Of The Sun', which unifies much of what crops up in part elsewhere – a grand sweeping three-minute strings and brass orchestral intro that could be the opening of 'Forsgren's Symphony No. 1', a section contrasting crunchy guitars with sweeping strings, a choral bit, a jangly acoustic bit... It sweeps along like nothing else you'll hear this year - epic pop of beguiling grandeur.
Elsewhere, the orchestral tropes work well on the opener 'Waiting For The Holy Music', while chopping/chugging guitar add a bit of welcome grit to counteract the fey vocals on 'I Need Something New'. Offbeat joyful pop is the best way to describe 'In A Time When God Was One' and excellent 'Any Day Now'.
Some of the tracks feel disjointed as Forsgren tries to cram in a hotch-potch of stylistic devices. But he also manages to sound interestingly unlike anyone else, and in an age of way too much identikit music, that's worth listening to.