Title: S/T (The Lobster)
Artist: Olsson, Bjorn
From the OTHER MUSIC website:
Another remarkable release from longtime Other Music favorite Bjorn Olsson. His last several albums have shown him to be particularly adept at channeling the sort of cosmic Americana that a lifelong Swedish resident could have only learned from Morricone-scored Leone spaghetti westerns. The thing is, he's gotten sooo f**king good at it.
This latest is his most reflective to date, moving further and further away from that very fine line he's been traversing, that would have put him over onto the other side of kitsch. It's probably the closest he's come to nailing the direct simplicity that Dylan pulled off when he scored Pat Garret and Billy the Kid for Peckinpah, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums. That Olsson can add another dimension to this sort of material, without being simply revisionist or slavishly imitative, is quite a feat. [MK]