Canada’s Blake Berglund To Release Brilliantly Crafted Country Psychedelic Concept Album Realms On September 1st
From Honky Tonks To Dusty Roads, Songwriter / Journalist Berglund Follows Up Cultural Observation Project To “Reclaim The Spirit Of America’s Country Music” With An Allegorical, Encrypted LP
“When a modest artist says he’s recording the best work he’s ever done, it’s more than enough encouragement to hear more. Blake Berglund has done just that with his new album, Realms.” – CBC’s The Morning Edition
Nashville, TN – Canadian Country / Roots artist Blake Berglund has created a captivating Rubik’s Cube of an album on his newest studio release, Realms, arriving September 1st (via his own Oceanman Records) with an extensive U.S. tour to follow. Realms sounds like Pink Floyd meets 90s country while expanding on the traditions of country music created by Waylon Jennings and John Prine. Fans will be able to pre-order Realms with an instant download of the title track on iTunes HERE.
Realms is an allegorical concept album encrypted with sub-themes waiting to be unlocked. Berglund welcomes interpretation and decoding through his tongue-in-cheek tales of a protagonist with heart, flaws and wisdom on a journey of salvation, paranormal intervention, destiny, marijuana and much more. The high-concept music of Realms plays as well in honky tonks as it does on highways, just as Sturgill Simpson proved when releasing Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.
Numerology is rabbit hole on Realms created by Berglund’s riveting mind, relating to the chakras of the body from root to crown to the album’s songcraft and tracking. Dive into Berglund’s bio for more details of Realm’s mapping HERE.
This country labyrinth comes from the depths of an artist, songwriter and true Canadian cowboy. Berglund grew up tending to 200 head of livestock in the rural community of Kennedy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Cowboy culture combined with formal piano training and grunge music evolved into musical endeavors that earned him a Canadian Country Music Association nomination for 2017’s Roots Artist Of The Year. His side project with Belle Plaine earned a Duo Of The Year nomination at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards that garnered direct support for Dwight Yoakam.
Berglund recently became a story of organic, independent artistry on CBC News when he sold over 1,000 albums door-to-door in one month, adding to his 10,000 previous door-to-door sales numbers. View the full story HERE.
As a writer, Berglund has also developed a narrative to “Reclaim the Spirit of America’s Country Music”, described as “Saving Country Music meets Hunter S. Thompson meets Lord of the Rings”. View insight into his musings HERE.
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