There is a power present in the places where we’re invited to adopt the pace of nature. The same forces that patiently connect the cells of a sprig in the soil can uproot a redwood with a single winter storm. If you’ve listened to Daniel Norgren, you understand. The experience of Norgren’s music is marked by connection: the artist to the band, the audience to the music, and the body to the soul. His latest album, Wooh Dang, out April 19, 2019 on Superpuma Records, will be Norgren’s first worldwide release.
Produced by Norgren and engineered by longtime collaborator and Superpuma Records originator Pelle Nyhage, Wooh Dang was made during the Fall of 2018 in a single room of a 19th-century textile farmhouse in the woods near Norgren’s home in Southwest Sweden. “The interior looked it hadn’t been touched for the past 80 years,” says Norgren. “I moved a lamp and it left a dark red ring on the pink tablecloth underneath…goldmine! The house was huge, full of good, inspiring mustiness, creaking wooden floors, scary old portrait paintings on the walls, and an old, black German piano which I used in all the songs.” Recorded live and entirely on a 16 track analogue rig, without guitar tuners, the album captures the close chemistry between Norgren and his band, comprised of old friends Anders Grahn (bass), Erik Berntsson (drums), and Andreas Filipsson (guitar and banjo).
An intertwining of analog instrumentation, live performance, and rural field recordings, Wooh Dang is rife with a deeply hopeful creative intention. It’s red blooded, alive, and coursing with equal parts adrenaline and seratonin. “Wooh Dang was a real fun album to make and to me it’s been the world for the last few years,” says Norgren. “Thanks for taking the time. I hope you enjoy it.”
Videos & Press
[Talkhouse] A premiere of the new track, plus an essay by friend, fan, and collaborator Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) Listen here. Daniel Norgren’s Wooh Dang is filled with a sense of patient, slowly unfurling space. It feels like a long slow motion drive through a country that is both alien and familiar, ancient and brand new […]
[NPR] By Bob Boilen I first encountered Daniel Norgren in the woods of Happy Valley, Ore. The Swedish musician was playing a magical, wooded stage at the Pickathon music festival on Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland in 2016. So it seems fitting that he sent me “The Flow” — a song inspired by landscape and […]
[NPR] This week’s show is made possible by a generous amount of existential anxiety. This includes the ego-destroying rock anthem “I Don’t Matter At All,” from the Toronto band Pkew Pkew Pkew, and an epic life manifesto from Amanda Palmer called “The Ride” – a ten-minute oration about the crippling effects of unbridled and rampant […]
[NPR] It’s that time of year, the last weekend in July when NPR Music covers the friendliest festival around, the Newport Folk Festival. The festival’s nearly 60-year history is steeped in the roots of American traditions and expands beyond the singer-songwriter tradition that the words “folk music” might conjure. This year we’ll be treated to […]
[Vinyl Me] By Tyler Barstow Daniel Norgren is one of our favorite new artists and we’ve been talking about him for a while now. Greg Vandy, host of The Roadhouse on KEXP and the first DJ in America to play Daniel’s music, had the idea of doing an immersive piece that takes you deeper into […]
[Aquarium Drunkard] Daniel Norgren grew up in Sweden driven by an idea of America, a composite of our country built on the films he saw and records he played. You can hear it in his music, a lonesome blend of blues and folk, in which synthesized Americana sounds mingle with a naturalistic Scandinavian aesthetic. I […]